Bradford-Halifax Tunnel Cycleway Campaign

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by mjr, 4 Jan 2018.

  1. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Calderdale Council Enviroment and Planning Councillors(Collins & Sutherland) have both said that the cost of re-opening & maintaining the route would be too expensive. Earlier this year. As a result they can't see the council backing the scheme.

    Meanwhile in the press, Collins is fully supporting it.

    The proposed re-opening of Box Hill and the Wheatley Viaduct have been dropped. They are however considering the route from Halifax via Ovenden to Queensbury.
     
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  2. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    Would that use Windy Bank Lane :whistle:
     
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  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    It crosses at the botttom. You can still see the old bridges, where the road used to cross them

    As for Windy Bank, the two people mentioned would have heart failure just thinking about going up.
     
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  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

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  5. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    If I remember rightly those lakes were made without planning permission possibly sometime in the 90's as I'm pretty sure I can remember the house owner who constructed them mounting a petition locally to contest council demands to drain and make good , I assume it worked as I see it's now a commercial coarse fishing complex even though I can recall the main thrust of the original owners argument was that it would be a nature reserve for the people of Queensbury :rolleyes:
     
  6. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Deputy Leader of Calderdale Council is backing the plans to keep the "lakes" in place. The Ward councillours have withdrawn from the plans they put forward to extend the route through Box Hill Tunnel & over Box Hill Viaduct, taking you to Pellon.

    "The money just isn't there for such work"
     
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  7. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    Yet they still throw millions into road widening schemes to get more cars into the town centre :rolleyes: They should look over the hill at Bradford if they want to see what happens when you slavishly pander to the motor car :sad:
     
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  8. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Same Chief Executive responsible, Owen Williams.
     
  9. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    Oh dear , that probably explains the cinema complex then :whistle: and no doubt a shopping centre will be going up on the site of the old library to be served by the new ring road that is probably in the pipeline and all this in the name of bringing life back to the town centre , though it did surprise me when they refurbished the Piece Hall :thumbsup: listed building and European grant perchance ?
     
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  10. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Traffic will be leaving town via Charlestown Road, over the flyover. The carpark was sold off, the hotel is up for sale, with only four places open in the Plaza.

    The Piece Hall was sold to a private group.

    The cycling tsar, American, employed by the council hasn't ridden a bike on-road. And hasn't ridden a bike since she moved over here.

    One councillour has an idea of what "bike boxes" are. Fifty have no idea.

    The old library and council offices are being converted to a 6th form college, due to open in September. They're running a bit behind.
     
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  11. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    According to Facebook contractors (AMCO-Giffen) have started preparations for back filling the tunnel even though no consent has been given on the planning application for abandonment .
     
  12. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

  13. PMarkey

    PMarkey Über Member

    Hmmmmm on the one hand it says the RamArch is being installed "on the presumption of planning consent being granted for abandonment" and claims they would not be installed otherwise and on the other hand it says that they will stay in place "throughout the full program of future works should they go ahead" ?
     
  14. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Bradford council were unaware of any planned backfilling, when I spoke with them today.

    The tunnel seems to have become well talked about today.
     
  15. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

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