New cycle route and footpath to be created between Bolton and Bury

This Is Lancashire: Part of the disused railway line near Gorses Road, Breightmet, which will be used to create the cycling/walking route Part of the disused railway line near Gorses Road, Breightmet, which will be used to create the cycling/walking route

A NEW walking and cycling route will be created along the disused Bolton to Bury railway, after councillors gave plans the green light.

The Bolton East Cycle Way will run from Gorses Road, along the New House Farm playing fields in Breightmet down to the old railway line, along the Bury boundary and inside green belt territory.

The path will be shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with the council also looking to create ‘link’ sections on Harpford Drive, Harpford Close and Willand Drive.

A second application is due in the summer, which, if approved would take the route over the Darcy Lever viaduct and back to Gorses Road.

Residents had sent objection letters to the council ahead of Thursday’s meeting, arguing that by opening up the land, it could mean the return of off-road motorcycles and a rise in anti-social behaviour.

However Breightmet councillor Lynda Byrne applauded the scheme.

She said: “I think a cycle track through Breightmet will be of significant benefit not just to cyclists, but for pedestrians making their way from Bury to Bolton.”

A spokesman for Bolton Council said the cycle route was part of a strategy that recognises cycling can offer economic and health benefits, as well as an alternative way to travel.

He said: “As part of this strategy, Bolton to Bury cycle route forms part of Regional Cycle Route 80.

“The Bolton to Bury off-road cycle route will offer a safe, traffic free route for walking and cycling enabling access to Bolton town centre and Bolton interchange, as well as the existing off-road cycle network to enable access to employment and residential areas to the south and west of the borough. It will provide a safe route for recreational cycling, walking and horse riding for all ages and abilities.”

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11:39am Tue 11 Feb 14

supaking says...

This is fabulous... well done to all involved in making this happen !!
This is fabulous... well done to all involved in making this happen !! supaking
  • Score: 17

11:52am Tue 11 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

All you need now is solar power lighting and a couple of wind turbines to assist the powering of those lights.

So where are the anti-green energy campaigners now? Nooo they are not bothered if they are to be using a footpath that cuts through green belt land.

And don't say that the path is already there... you all know the routes are never stuck to.
All you need now is solar power lighting and a couple of wind turbines to assist the powering of those lights. So where are the anti-green energy campaigners now? Nooo they are not bothered if they are to be using a footpath that cuts through green belt land. And don't say that the path is already there... you all know the routes are never stuck to. Beyond News Forum
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12:29pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Liam-bwfc says...

So, could this not have been used to bring in the metrolink? or, as it was, a rail-track? A train going via bury to the metrolink would even be beneficial. How long would this take if used to commute each day? I think people will just opt for the car instead unfortunately.
So, could this not have been used to bring in the metrolink? or, as it was, a rail-track? A train going via bury to the metrolink would even be beneficial. How long would this take if used to commute each day? I think people will just opt for the car instead unfortunately. Liam-bwfc
  • Score: -1

12:59pm Tue 11 Feb 14

William2701 says...

Liam-bwfc wrote:
So, could this not have been used to bring in the metrolink? or, as it was, a rail-track? A train going via bury to the metrolink would even be beneficial. How long would this take if used to commute each day? I think people will just opt for the car instead unfortunately.
No it could not be used for metrolink or a restored rail service. A lot of the old Bolton to Bury line, especially around Bradley Fold and the Black Lane area of Radcliffe has been built on, in the case of Bradley Fold it is houses and in Radcliffe a mixture of industry and housing.
[quote][p][bold]Liam-bwfc[/bold] wrote: So, could this not have been used to bring in the metrolink? or, as it was, a rail-track? A train going via bury to the metrolink would even be beneficial. How long would this take if used to commute each day? I think people will just opt for the car instead unfortunately.[/p][/quote]No it could not be used for metrolink or a restored rail service. A lot of the old Bolton to Bury line, especially around Bradley Fold and the Black Lane area of Radcliffe has been built on, in the case of Bradley Fold it is houses and in Radcliffe a mixture of industry and housing. William2701
  • Score: 9

6:45pm Tue 11 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in.
This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 5

9:49pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BWFC71 says...

FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in.
Note the diversion of the footpath in Darcy Lever, due to the line being filled in, currently being built on and having playing fields over the old railway line!

I can see strong negative reaction to the viaduct being re-opened - not because of the safety issue of the structure but because of possible jumpers (far too easily accessible)
[quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in.[/p][/quote]Note the diversion of the footpath in Darcy Lever, due to the line being filled in, currently being built on and having playing fields over the old railway line! I can see strong negative reaction to the viaduct being re-opened - not because of the safety issue of the structure but because of possible jumpers (far too easily accessible) BWFC71
  • Score: -1

10:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

BWFC71 wrote:
FreedomOfSpeech1945 wrote:
This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in.
Note the diversion of the footpath in Darcy Lever, due to the line being filled in, currently being built on and having playing fields over the old railway line!

I can see strong negative reaction to the viaduct being re-opened - not because of the safety issue of the structure but because of possible jumpers (far too easily accessible)
Yes I agree with the jumper's maybe causing an issue, but it could happen anywhere really just like it did on the Bridge near Burger King. There's also a possibility of scr0ats hanging around at night drinking but I would suggest (although highly unlikely) that it is regularly patrolled by a PCSO.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreedomOfSpeech1945[/bold] wrote: This has been in the pipe-line for a few years now. Glad to see the ball has finally started rolling. I was up on Darcy Lever Viaduct a couple of years ago (check out my pics on NWEX) and it would be nice to see it open again! I'd much rather have it back to it's rail glory days (I know this is very unlikely, but may happen in the future - with a slight de-tour around Bradley Fold) watch this space, but a cycle route will be good enough for now. At least it hasn't all been filled in.[/p][/quote]Note the diversion of the footpath in Darcy Lever, due to the line being filled in, currently being built on and having playing fields over the old railway line! I can see strong negative reaction to the viaduct being re-opened - not because of the safety issue of the structure but because of possible jumpers (far too easily accessible)[/p][/quote]Yes I agree with the jumper's maybe causing an issue, but it could happen anywhere really just like it did on the Bridge near Burger King. There's also a possibility of scr0ats hanging around at night drinking but I would suggest (although highly unlikely) that it is regularly patrolled by a PCSO. FreedomOfSpeech1945
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