Please help us save Queensbury Tunnel from abandonment by objecting to National Highways' planning application.

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The Queensbury Tunnel Society is driven by a desire to leave a positive legacy for future generations; we’re not just concerned about a decaying industrial relic.

The proposed abandonment of the tunnel by its custodian, National Highways' Historical Railways Estate (HRE), could cost £10 million. The funds will come from us, the taxpayer. However this presents a once-only opportunity to repair a structure which could form the centrepiece of an iconic cycle network connecting Halifax to Bradford and Keighley.

The cost of constructing a Greenway connecting Bradford and Halifax.
The economic, health and tourism benefits generated by that network over 30 years.
The benefit to the economy for every £1 invested - that's "high value for money".

Our sustainable vision is to make the tunnel pay its way - investing those public funds to deliver health, environmental, social and economic benefits for many decades to come. ‘Value for money’ is something we all have a vested interest in.

Time is of the essence. If the tunnel is not secured before HRE starts its substantive abandonment works, the opportunity will be lost forever. There is no going back.

Let's transform Queensbury Tunnel into a useful asset, rather than wasting money on its destruction.

The south end, from the
History of the Great
Northern Railway
A goods train enters the
north end of the tunnel.
© D Ibbotson
Debris at the bottom of
No.8 shaft.
© Forgotten Relics
How Queensbury Tunnel could look with some vision.
© Forgotten Relics
If you share the vision, please sign our ePetition on
Download Sustrans' study on the 30-year costs and economic benefits from a cycle path network around Queensbury Tunnel.
Download our report on the ten men known to have died during the construction of Queensbury Tunnel.
For an assessment of Queensbury Tunnel's condition, together with an overview of HRE's abandonment plan and the Society's remediation proposal, download our report, Queensbury Tunnel: Asset or Liability?
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Check out this video to understand some
of the challenges overcome by the navvies
who drove Queensbury Tunnel in the 1870s.


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