The residential areas of Newbold and Brownsover and the Brownsover industrial estate to the north and west of Rugby were cut off from the town centre and railway station by the West Coast Main Line railway, A426 Leicester Road and River Avon. These three constraints mean that previously the only safe and traffic free crossings were a long detour or involved negotiating old and sub-standard steps.
“ The Rugby Viaduct Cycleway will bring a lasting benefit to Rugby residents and supports the council’s regeneration strategy… It’s also a major leisure amenity which brings one of Rugby’s iconic structures back into everyday use. ”
Sustrans worked with Rugby Borough Council to develop a new traffic-free route which crosses the A426 and the mainline railway line and uses old railway line to link the industrial and residential areas in the north west of Rugby to the town centre. The centre piece of the scheme was the reopening of the 167-year-old, 11-arch Grade II Leicester Road Viaduct. A new ramp was also added to Black Path Bridge to provide a step-free route across the mainline railway.
The scheme provides a direct route into the centre of Rugby, bringing lasting benefits to residents in north and west of town. The route links communities to workplaces in the industrial estates and to amenities in and around the town centre, such as schools, shops and the railway station. As well as proving popular for everyday local journeys on foot and by bike, it offers longer cycling opportunities, forming part of the National Cycle Network from Rugby to Coventry.
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