The HRE Group (Historical Railways Estate Group) is an alliance of walking, cycling and heritage campaigners, civil engineers and greenway developers who see the HRE as valuable for future transport provision. They are campaigning against Highways England’s plan to infill or demolish numerous old railway bridges. Every one of these bridges has the potential to play a useful transport role, but all are threatened. Several are in the area of the former NER, including the Allendale branch and Alnwick to Cornhill. They seek your support.
Sadly Highways England recently infilled the overbridge at Great Musgrave on the Eden Valley line between Kirkby Stephen and Warcop. There is a detailed article about Eden District Council’s request to HE to apply for retrospective planning permission on the Guardian website. HRE has started a petition requesting the Government to prevent Highways England from infilling historic railway bridges, which could prevent extensions of the heritage railways, and require Highways England to remove all infill from work they already done.
For more information, visit the HRE Facebook page.