A group of volunteers working to restore a historic Pudsey tunnel into a working transport corridor are hoping a National Lottery bid will kickstart their campaign.
The Greenside Greenway campaign group is working to turn the Greenside tunnel onto a greenway for walking, cycling and horse riding.
Their bid comes after land next to the tunnel was recently developed into housing and the developer successfully applied to tip the spoil and partially infill the cutting.
Last week campaigners showed representatives from the Big Lottery Fund the proposed route of phase one of the greenway and are hoping to gain funding for a feasibility study into their proposals.
A group spokesperson said:
“In order to preserve the Greenside Tunnel for future generations, we want to turn it into something useful, rather than just leave it to become derelict. The obvious answer is to turn it into part of a greenway.
“We have submitted an application to fund the feasibility study and are expecting to hear back in September.”
The study is expected to cost about £13,500.
A map of the proposed greenway’s route can be found below:
Greenside Tunnel was built in 1893 and was in use as a railway tunnel until 1964. Since then it has remained an iconic piece of local architecture.
For more information – or to volunteer with – the campaign, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Greenway on Facebook.
The Dispatch has previously covered the controversy surrounding the tunnel here.