Welcome!

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 form the centrepiece of a cycle path network connecting Halifax to Bradford and Keighley.

£11.6M
The 30-year cost of a cycle path network connecting Halifax, Bradford and Keighley.
£37.6M
The economic, health and tourism benefits generated by that network over 30 years.
£3.20
The benefit to the economy for every £1 invested - that's "high value for money".

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.

Time is of the essence. If the tunnel is not secured before HRE's abandonment works start this year, 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.

Construction...
The south end, from the
History of the Great
Northern Railway
Operation...
A goods train enters the
north end of the tunnel.
© D Ibbotson
Dereliction...
Debris at the bottom of
No.8 shaft.
© Forgotten Relics
Restoration?
How Queensbury Tunnel could look with some vision.
© Forgotten Relics
If you share the vision, please sign our ePetition on change.org
Download Sustrans' study on the 30-year costs and economic benefits from a cycle path network around Queensbury Tunnel.
Download our report on the ten men known to have died during the construction of Queensbury Tunnel.
For an assessment of Queensbury 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?
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Check out this video to understand some
of the challenges overcome by the navvies
who drove Queensbury Tunnel in the 1870s.

Latest

Study examines economic case for tunnel path

Wednesday 20 September 2017