Check out this video to understand some
of the challenges overcome by the navvies
who drove Queensbury Tunnel in the 1870s.

According to a newspaper reporter who took an adventurous stroll through Queensbury Tunnel as navvies put the finishing touches to it...

The pyramids of Egypt sink into insignificance compared with such a work.

That might sound rather extravagant viewed from the 21st Century, but there can be no doubt that the tunnel - opened by the Great Northern Railway in 1878 - stands as a monument to the determination and courage exhibited by railway engineers during the Victorian era. By any standards, it was a considerable achievement and was of course delivered without the technology and high-capacity machinery taken for granted today.


The south end, from the History of the Great Northern Railway


A goods train enters the tunnel.
© D Ibbotson


Debris at the bottom of a shaft.
© Forgotten Relics

It is then rather depressing that Queensbury Tunnel faces an uncertain future. With remedial works programmed to address a number of safety issues, there is the very real prospect that this industrial wonder could soon be filled in, buried and abandoned.

In our view, Highways England, custodians of Queensbury Tunnel, should carry out the repairs in such a way that it could yet play a future transport role as host to a shared path, bringing social and economic benefits to the region, as well as value-for-money to taxpayers.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, second from the left, hears about the tunnel's potential during a visit on 23rd June 2014.
© Four by Three

Learn about the benefits brought to Bath by the
development of the Two Tunnels Greenway.
Could something similar happen in Queensbury?


Ministerial visit to Queensbury Tunnel.

Friday 30 September 2016