ATOG Update

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‘The Feasibility Study that Sustrans have compiled has been received and they have identified 7 possible routes or route segments on the Meathop side. A copy of the survey will be made available to supporters soon. There are pro’s and con’s for most of the routes. The Farmer on the North side has been approached but is understandably concerned about the project and the impact of dog walkers on his land.

Adrian and Stuart have attended meetings hosted by Suzannah Bleakley of the Morecambe Bay Partnership with the aim of submitting a Joint application for funding from the Coastal Communities fund. The good news is that we are through to the next stage of the application.

We now have to get the next stage application prepared before September the 21st.

Adrian has had a meeting in Manchester with Jon Kelly of Network Rail to discuss issues such as access, ownership, cost and the GRIP process which is Network Rails process for managing work affecting their infrastructure. The following stages of GRIP would be a “Design Agreement” and then an “Outline Design and Detail Design. Jon was also asked to give an opinion on the proposed routes.

We are hoping to hold meetings soon as ATOG will need formerly establishing with a constitution and hopefully volunteers will come forward to fill some of the post’s required to progress the group and project forward.

Our Facebook page is now established and there are photo’s of the old and new viaducts, and comments on the page. Please feel free to have a look and put your views and ideas forward.’

The above is update from the campaign to get a footpath and cycle link between Arnside and Grange on the railway viaduct over the Kent Estuary.