South Leeds: Holbeck Viaduct plans set for public discussion after owner invites ideas

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Ambitious plans to re-open an unused railway viaduct in south Leeds as a public walkway could move forward this week.

Residents behind the renewed campaign to turn Holbeck Viaduct into the Holbeck Highline – a cycle and pedestrian park and walkway linking the inner city suburb to Leeds city centre – will meet tomorrow to discuss its progress.

The group has been in discussion with the industrial landmark’s owner Network Rail, which has now requested a full project proposal. It is thought work on a feasibility study could start as early as next year.

Residents, professionals, politicians and would-be volunteers are being invited to a public meeting for people to find out more and share their views at Old Chapel Studios, in Czar Street, Holbeck, tomorrow from 6pm.

The event will include a short presentation, discussion on issues such as security and safety, fundraising and future planning.

It is hoped that following the meeting a detailed project plan for the scheme can be developed and submitted to Network Rail.

Earlier this year the YEP reported that Network Rail expressed it is “happy to investigate the viability of the project” with stakeholders.

The viaduct, which runs 1.7km from Gelderd Road to Globe Road, has been unused for more than a third of its 145-year history.

For further information on the project search for the ‘Holbeck Highline’ public group at www.facebook.com.

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