AN historic viaduct could be given a new lease of life.
The bridge spanning West Vale could form part of a new “greenway” across part of the Calder Valley.
Calderdale Council will hold a second public consultation meeting next Wednesday to discuss proposals to create a new pedestrian and cycle route along the disused railway corridor and over the viaduct.
The drop in public information evening will take place at West Vale Primary School between 4pm and 7pm and will provide local people with the opportunity to discuss the revised proposals for the scheme.
The original proposals were refused planning permission early in 2008, but further work has now been carried out to address the concerns of the planning committee and local residents.
Clr Amanda Byrne, portfolio holder for regeneration and development on the Calderdale Council cabinet, said: “The scheme would open up an impressive off-road route through a section of woodland as well as the panoramic views offered by West Vale’s stunning Grade II listed viaduct.
“The plans would also form links to the National Cycle Network and allow walkers to access the many footpaths in the area.
“This would not only help to promote healthier lifestyles, but also provide alternative ways of getting to the three schools in the area.”
The proposed work would be carried out in partnership with national cycling organisation Sustrans and would link Hullen Edge with Clay House, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the busy Stainland and Saddleworth Roads.
Sustrans own more than 30 disused railway viaducts throughout the UK..