Sunday, 16 February 2014

Reportage: Queensbury Tunnel plans get MP backing

The campaign by cycling enthusiasts in Calderdale to transform the mile-and-a-half long Queensbury Tunnel into an cycleway has come one step closer after Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax, pledged her support.

The MP has raised the issue with Calderdale Council, she said: “I am fully supportive of this cycle route plan, and I will offer any support I can.”

Built in the 1880s, the Queensbury Tunnel provided a link between Queensbury and Bradford, but has been closed since the 1960s.

An online petition was launched by the Queensbury Community Heritage Partnership, a group worried that repairs to the tunnel will see it permantly blocked to cyclists and horseriders.

National charity Sustrans have been the lead organisation in the development of the Great Northern Railway Trail and is backing the campaign and has seen successes with a similiar project in Bath and Earlsheaton near Dewsbury.

If successful, the tunnel will be one one of the longest underground cycle paths in Europe and will provide a clear cycle route for commuters between Halifax and Bradford.

This article was published in the Halifax Courier on February 14, 2014.

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