A project is outlined which plans to provide long distance recreational routes, initially linking Liverpool to York and Leeds to chesterfield, both of which pass through the metropolitan borough of barnsley in South Yorkshire. The background to the scheme is traced beginning with the idea in 1980 to use the disused railways of England and Wales as long distance cycle ways. The idea to make use of barnsley's colliery lines was expanded following a meeting with john grimshaw of sustrans Ltd to form a much longer route. Over 20 local authorities and the countryside commission are now involved in the scheme which would provide a route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders. A detailed study of disused railways in barnsley was carried out in 1987 and in 1988 a seminar held with neighbouring authorities. In most areas suitable pathways already exist. Details are given of required pathway width and surfacing, the use of lightweight bridges where these need replacing, the use of tunnels and connections with public transport. Funding has included derelict land grants and money from the countryside commission.

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    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • Brown, R P
  • Publication Date: 1989-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 62-64
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  • Accession Number: 00498950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM