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A authorities supply of £4m to assist flip an deserted railway tunnel right into a cycle route is “derisory” and “disappointing”, campaigners have mentioned.
Bradford Council and campaigners have for years referred to as for Queensbury Tunnel to be re-opened for cyclists and pedestrians.
However campaigners say it could price £27m and the Division for Transport (DfT)’s £4m is “nowhere close to sufficient”.
The brand new tunnel can be a traffic-free route between Bradford and Halifax.
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Campaigners say the 1.four mile (2.3km) former railway tunnel might develop into a part of a nationwide cycleway and a customer attraction in its personal proper.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote to Bradford Council to say £4m is the “greatest and ultimate supply”.
Bradford Council chief Susan Hinchcliffe mentioned she was “so dissatisfied”, at a time when inexperienced transport is “so essential”.
“Campaigners and residents have come out of their 1000’s to assist re-opening the Queensbury Tunnel as a much-needed commuter hyperlink between Bradford and Halifax,” she mentioned.
“I’m so dissatisfied that the supply made is so insufficient.”
She mentioned half the funding provided by the federal government can be spent undoing work by Highways England, who poured concrete into an airshaft.
‘Embrace energetic journey’
Norah McWilliam, of the Queensbury Tunnel Society mentioned: “One factor now we have discovered from the Covid disaster is that wholesome train and clear air are important for group wellbeing.
“The underlying public urge for food to embrace energetic journey has been amply demonstrated.
“Bradford deserves an honest share of the £2bn fund introduced by Grant Shapps to place strolling and biking on the coronary heart of the nation’s transport coverage.”
Highways England manages the tunnel on behalf of the DfT and has pushed for it to be crammed in for security causes.
A call is but to be made on a planning software to dam up the tunnel.
Ms Hinchcliffe mentioned she had written to the DfT to ask them to rethink.
The DfT mentioned it’s in discussions with the council on the way forward for the tunnel however no settlement had been reached.
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