By Carla Booth
Greenside Greenway campaigners are putting on a free guided walk of phases one and two of their proposed greenway route this weekend.
The walk is an opportunity to ask questions about the proposals, and covers two-mile route of unused railway line, footways/bridleways and residential streets.
Greenside Tunnel is a former railway tunnel that has been out of use since the 1960’s. Greenside Greenway campaigners are trying to get the tunnel and the surrounding former railway cutting made into a greenway.
A greenway is a long piece of land in which vegetation and slow travel are encouraged. Camapigners would like to open it up for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and horse riders in Pudsey to use.
The recently registered charity has been trying to claim Greenside Tunnel as a public right of way.
The group have supplied the council with a feasibility report for phase one of their Greenway that shows that a greenway making use of Greenside Tunnel and former rail line is both technically and financially feasible.
The charity is waiting on their second feasibility report for phases two and three of their proposed greenway, which would go from the Royal Pub to just after Pudsey Grammar School.
The charity is also raising funds to implement heritage display boards that promote the history of the former rail stations at Greenside and Lowtown. Depending on the amount of funds they raise the charity would also like to place benches and shrubbery next to these boards.
Campaigners also held a guided tour last November which saw a turnout of around 25 residents from Leeds and Bradford. The self-guided route is also available on their website.
If you would like to join the volunteers on their free guided tour, they are meeting on Saturday, 9 July at St Joseph’s School on Mount Pleasant Road at 11am or you can join later at around 11.30am on Carlisle Road Bridge.
Read more on WLD‘s coverage of the Greenside Greenway campaign here.