"We have learned from Adrian’s meeting with Sustrans, that they are quite
likely to declare the ATOG walk/cycleway is on their wish list – namely,
projects they would like to see happen. They are not able yet to make any
commitments about funding.
They are struggling to get details of what funding might be available
under the newly announced Coastal Access scheme and will continue to do
this. They believe Morecambe Bay Partnership, who have just won some
lottery money, would be good supporters of this project. We are informed
Lancashire are keen supporters of a long distance walk way/cycle track
from Chester to Carlisle and this project would fit nicely into that.
We have been advised the next step is to prepare a "preliminary
feasibility report" to set out the pros and cons of our aims; the merits
of using the north or south side of the viaduct; the access route options;
the environmental considerations; the likely position of Network Rail; the
permissions needed; the responsibility for maintenance and the interested
bodies who are likely to be positive supporters.
This is a large undertaking for amateurs such as ourselves and Sustrans
agreed they have the people and experience to do this but there will be a
cost and we are now awaiting details on this together with a timetable for
producing such a report."
PS please feel free to discuss ATOG on the Facebook page.
The Arnside to Grange Cycle path across viaduct is something that South Lakes Group supports as its open up plenty opportunities in North Lancashire and South Cumbria for cycling. I have also started topic on Wheres the Brew Stop forum at this link, where I will post any future updates from ATOG as well on this blog.