Pudsey: New heritage boards to be unveiled along former railway track

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Closed: Greenside Tunnel. Photo: John Baron

Volunteers from the Greenside Greenway group have announced the official unveiling of new heritage information boards on Saturday, 6 April 2024.

The unveiling will be performed from 1pm by West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin (Lab), a champion of low energy travel. Councillor Trish Smith (Cons, Pudsey), who supported the boards, will also be in attendance.

The two boards show maps, a history of the railway in Pudsey and have pictures of the old railway stations.

The first board is located close to the former Greenside Railway Station on Carlisle Road. The second board is on Lowtown at the old entrance to Lowtown Station.

Greenside Greenway is a route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and other forms of low energy travel following the approximate route of Pudsey’s former railway. 

A group of passionate individuals came together in 2017 to try to prevent the infilling of the railway cutting and Greenside Tunnel, off Station Street.

Since then the group has grown and become a registered charity which aims to promote and encourage for the public benefit in the community, the development  and provision of safe routes, paths and facilities for cycling, walking and other forms of low energy transport and to undertake and carry out projects and activities of a charitable nature which will assist in promoting healthy recreation and the protection of the environment.

The committee have organised litter picks, path widening, repairs to gates and fencing, tree planting and balsam bashing.

It is hoped that in the future the route can be upgraded along its full length to a standard similar to that of other Greenways. This will provide a safe off-road route for the people of Pudsey, linking to the Cycle SuperHighway and Leeds in one direction and Low Moor and the Spen Valley Greenway to the west.

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