Carlisle’s Waverley Viaduct a step closer to being re-opened

A campaign group has taken the next step to re-open one of Cumbria’s most historic bridges.

The Carlisle Waverley Viaduct Trust has welcomed students from Northumbria University who are set to help open the bridge across the River Eden to walkers and cyclists.

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The organisation has been working to re-open the viaduct for more than 10 years and its aim is to “promote public access across the River Eden within the city for walking and cycling, to reconnect and unite communities”.

The international student travelled from India to study at the north east University. At the time three of the trusts directors visited Northumbria University Business Clinic at Newcastle to meet a group of post graduate business students who are set to help re-open the viaduct as their project topic towards their MSc qualification.

They visited Carlisle to see the viaduct and the surrounding Engine Lonning Nature Reserve with all of its railway history.

Railway Paths Limited are currently negotiating with the Dept. of Transport to take over ownership of the viaduct and when this is completed things are expected to move quite quickly in spite of the current impasse.

It is hoped that student will have “a lot of offer in terms of funding research, fundraising, publicity, a business plan, setting up a friends group” and more.

The students have been working on a survey to find out what the public want and what support there is for this ambitious plan.

David Ramshaw for the group said: “A group of five Msc graduate students at the University of Northumbria are currently working with our Trust as the Project towards their MSc. course.

“Part of this work is to carry out a survey of the public to find out why you would like to see the viaduct re-opened, initially for pedestrians. We feel the results of this survey could greatly help our cause.”

Take the survey here.

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