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Arnside Viaduct by Nigel Hunter
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Arnside to Grange Trail

The creation of an accessible route across the Arnside Viaduct has been a long-standing aspiration for many local people and organisations.

Arnside to Grange Trail

We are pleased to say we have secured funding from Westmorland & Furness Council to complete the final stage of feasibility into the Arnside to Grange Trail. PJA Transport Initiatives will start work in June 2024 to complete the following:

Undertake further technical work to address some of the outstanding issues around forecast demand, construction/buildability, flooding, visual impact, increased demand for parking and identifying appropriate walking, cycling & wheeling infrastructure between the viaduct and Arnside station.

Prepare operating and maintenance costs including, but not limited to site maintenance, surface repairs, landscaping, vegetation control, drainage, security, structural inspections.

Agree a scheme promoter/accountable body and draw up a structure for the governance, management, and delivery of the scheme.

Obtaining Network Rail in Principle Approval (the most important element)

We will also carry out further community engagement in both towns to prove the scheme is valued if and when funding for construction is being sought in future.

When we carried out extensive consultation in 2022, we were overwhelmed by the public support for the scheme. However, it is worth remembering that this final piece of feasibility work is no guarantee that the scheme will go ahead - there are many hoops to jump through!

PJA Transport Initiatives were appointed in December 2021 to undertake a feasibility study for an accessible trail between Arnside and Grange-over-Sands. That stage of the work is now complete with a 300-page technical report (March 2023).

You can download a full summary of the March 2023 feasibility report by clicking the button below.

If you'd like to help us champion this scheme to construction and for specific suggestions and offers of help, please email

Read the summary of the 2023 feasibility report here

Arnside to Grange Trail Summary of Feasibility Report
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