The Queensbury Tunnel Society is driven by a desire to leave a positive legacy for future generations; we’re not just concerned about a decaying industrial relic.
The proposed abandonment of the tunnel by its custodian, Highways England's Historical Railways Estate (HRE), will cost around £3 million. The funds will come from us, the taxpayer. However this presents a once-only opportunity to repair a structure which - when finances allow - could play a central role in a network of cycle paths connecting communities between Halifax, Bradford and Keighley.
What the Historical Railways Estate expects to spend on abandoning the tunnel.
What a specialist engineering team believes it would cost to repair Queensbury Tunnel.
Our sustainable vision is to make the tunnel pay its way - investing those public funds to deliver health, environmental, social and economic benefits for many decades to come. ‘Value for money’ is something we all have a vested interest in.
If you share the vision, please sign our ePetition on change.org
For a digest of the campaign's ups, downs, ins and outs, download our first Inside Track bulletin.
For an assessment of the tunnel's condition, together with an overview of HRE's abandonment plan and the Society's remediation proposal, download our report, Queensbury Tunnel: Asset or Liability?
Time is of the essence. If the tunnel is not secured before HRE's abandonment works start in 2017, the opportunity will be lost forever. There is no going back. That's why we are asking the Department for Transport to grant a stay of execution, giving stakeholders breathing space to fully assess the tunnel's potential and challenges.
Let's transform Queensbury Tunnel into a useful asset, rather than wasting money on its destruction.
The south end, from the History of the Great