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Arnside Viaduct by Nigel Hunter

Arnside Viaduct Walking and Cycling Trail: Invitation to tender for a feasibility study

The creation of a cycling and walking route across the Arnside Viaduct has been a long-standing aspiration for many local people and organisations, so we're delighted to announce the launch of a public tender for a feasibility study for the route which would connect the communities of Arnside and Grange-over-Sands.

We've been working closely with the Arnside to Grange group (AtoG) and other stakeholders including South Lakeland District Council, Arnside & Silverdale AONB, Cumbria County Council, Natural England, Network Rail, Furness Line Community Rail Partnership, Dallam Estate, Holker Estate and other local landowners and residents and were successful in securing funding for this feasibility study from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities ‘Coastal Revival Fund’.

The study will determine if there are viable options to progress community aspirations and if successful, will be good news for the Bay's future to connect communities, increase active travel, reduce carbon emissions while boosting the local green economy and creating a fantastic attraction for visitors and local people to enjoy.

Contractor invitation to tender

We are now seeking suitably qualified contractors to deliver wider community consultation on a new socio-economic and financial appraisal of route options to the viaduct from Arnside and Grange-over-Sands as well as the public realm improvements needed to accommodate this. The study will start in January 2022 and be completed by July, producing a report of findings and a business case to be used for attracting future investment in detailed engineering designs and construction.

How do I submit a tender?

If you are interested in applying for this work, you can find the Contractor brief and further details on the link below. Submissions should be sent by email to:
Richard Frank, Access & Infrastructure Team Leader: and
Sarah Mason, Chief Executive:
Any questions prior to submission should be sent to Richard Frank by e-mail.

The closing date for submission is 5pm on Friday 3 December. Any tenders submitted after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Arnside Viaduct by Nigel Hunter