The East Lancashire CRP is pleased to announce that its latest application to the Designated Line Community Rail Development Fund (DLCRDF) has been successful. The money will be going to create ‘interpretation boards’ at stations that have access to the newly opened Padiham Greenway.
The Padiham Greenway is a new circular walking and cycling route has been developed in East Lancashire which links to the River Calder Greenway and the towpath of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to form a circular route. The Greenway also has a ‘branch’ to the 17th century Gawthorpe Hall a National Trust property famous for its furniture and the nationally important Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth textile collection.
The route has been designed to create as far as possible an off road route for pedestrians and cyclists. From Padiham the route uses the former railway line which has been properly surfaced and is lit for most of the route.
The Padiham Greenway links to the East Lancashire line at three locations namely Hapton, Rose Grove and Burnley Barracks. Whilst the Greenway has been developed mainly for recreational use it does form a secure cycle route from Padiham to the East Lancashire line and will therefore be useful to commuters.
This project is about developing new markets for the East Lancashire Line linked to the Greenway. Padiham is about 2 miles from the East Lancashire line and up to now it has been difficult for walkers and cyclists to access the line safely. This route changes that and the ELCRP wants to develop the use of the route for recreational uses and also as an alternative way for residents in Padiham to access the line – especially cyclists.
The funding from the DLCRDF will focus on the following:
- Provision of attractive information panels and maps at Hapton, Rose Grove and Burnley Barracks showing the Padiham Greenway, related links, and how to access it from the station;
- Provision of branded signage from the station to the Greenway;
- Improved cycle parking facilities at Hapton and Rose Grove; and
- Use the Community Rail Lancashire and East Lancashire CRP websites to market the link.
The Greenway was officially opened on June 24 2010 and this was celebrated by a cycle ride around the route by 30 school children and led by Brian Haworth, Community Rail Development Officer with Lancashire County Council.
The Designated Line Community Rail Development Fund is supported by the Department for Transport, Network Rail and ACoRP.