Railway line renovation in Bury

Converting a disused railway line into an attractive greenway has reconnected communities in Bury
The challenge

Walking and cycling into Bury town centre from the surrounding communities of Greenmount, Tottington, Woolford and Brandlesholme used to be incredibly difficult. Despite some facilities for pedestrians and cyclists there were gaps in the network of routes forcing people to use busy roads for parts of their journeys.

The solution

I live in Greenmount and the new path means I’ll be able to cycle to work in Bury. It really wasn’t easy before as I had to go down the busy main road so I didn’t cycle as much. I’ll definitely cycle more often now.

- Mark Home

Sustrans built a new bridge and a network of traffic-free paths to link communities to the north of Bury to the town centre and out to surrounding countryside via the Kirklees Trail. The 65 metre-long bridge was built high above the Kirklees Valley on the site of the former Woolford railway viaduct which was demolished many years ago. It forms part of a traffic-free route along the former Bury to Holcombe Brook railway line.

The difference

The route offers a direct link into the town centre and many people are using it regularly to get to work, the metro link or to the shops; 65% of people use it at least twice a week. It has also become a popular leisure destination, offering beautiful views across the Kirklees Valley to the Pennines and a link to the Kirklees Trail enables people to get out into the countryside without having to negotiate busy roads.

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