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The potential conversion of old railway lines into cycle and walking routes is being blocked by plans to infill more than 100 bridges, including more than 20 in Scotland, campaigners have claimed.
(Permalink) At risk Footpath Highways England cyclepath


Uplawmoor [1st]: A view of the concrete southbound platform at Uplawmoor taken from the remains of the northbound platform. To the north/east of here the trackbed remained in a remarkable state of preservation for several miles in the 1980s with each sleeper indentation obvious in the ballast, up until it was dug up for a gas main. [Ref query 1024]
Ewan Crawford //1999

Hundreds of potentially useful disused railway structures are threatened with demolition or infilling by Highways England under plans described by one campaigner as finishing off what Dr Beeching started. The government-owned company is responsible for managing the Department for Transports Historical Railways Estate (HRE) - a collection of around 3,200 bridges, tunnels and viaducts - some of which carry or span routes earmarked for walking and cycling, or for reopened railways and extensions to heritage lines. Blocking or severing the alignments would make reuse more difficult and expensive, possibly preventing the proposals from coming to fruition.
(Permalink) At risk Beeching Highways England

According to the details published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the 10-year framework will involve inspection and remedial design. [Railscot note: includes disused railway structures in Scotland, such as the Leaderfoot Viaduct.]
(Permalink) Highways England Jacobs Leaderfoot Viaduct


Leaderfoot Viaduct: Below the lofty Leaderfoot Viaduct looking to [[Earlston]].
Ewan Crawford 06/03/2016


Leaderfoot Viaduct: View north west over Drygrange Old Bridge towards Leaderfoot Viaduct in February 2018.
John Furnevel 24/02/2018

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