Two prominent local MPs are backing our plans to restore the historic Bennerley Viaduct which sits on the border between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Following recent visits to the site, Anna Soubry MP and Maggie Throup MP have both given us their backing as we seek to restore the structure as a walking and cycling trail.
An important landmark
Bennerley Viaduct is of national importance as there is only one other structure of its kind elsewhere in the country. We’re seeking funding to restore and secure the future of the historic landmark as a walking and cycling route. Straddling the Erewash valley, the link would connect Cotmanhay in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire.
During her visit, Anna was shown around the site by Sustrans England Director, Midlands and East, Matt Easter. Braving mud and wet conditions she took a walk across the deck where she was able to enjoy magnificent views of the Erewash Valley.
Support from MPs
Following the visit Anna Soubry, MP for Broxtowe, said:
“Bennerley Viaduct is an iconic structure and an important landmark for the whole country. This project will restore Bennerley Viaduct to its former glory and give it a new sense of purpose and direction. It’s a fantastic project - let’s make it happen."
Following her own visit Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, backed the project and said:
“I really enjoyed visiting the historic, and iconic, Bennerley Viaduct. It was great to meet the Sustrans team who are making the dream of restoring this structure a reality.”
A new purpose
Their support was welcomed by Matt Easter who said:
“We welcome the support we’ve received from Anna Soubry MP and Maggie Throup MP. Giving Bennerley Viaduct a new purpose is critical to safeguarding the future of this iconic structure. The scheme will boost the local economy and attract visitors to the area to experience the viaduct. It’s supported by the local community and will open up access to employment and training opportunities for local people.”