MPs back bid to restore viaduct

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Two local MPs have pledged their support to a project – led by Sustrans – to restore Bennerley Viaduct.

MPs Anna Soubry and Maggie Throup both backed the plan to restore the structure as a walking and cycling trail following recent visits to the structure.

Bennerley Viaduct is of national importance as there is only one other structure of its kind elsewhere in the country.

Sustrans is seeking funding to restore and secure the future of the historic landmark as a walking and cycling route. Straddling the Erewash valley, the link would connect Cotmanhay in Derbyshire with Awsworth in Nottinghamshire.

During her visit, Anna was shown around the site by Sustrans England director, of Midlands and east Matt Easter.

Braving mud and wet conditions she took a walk across the deck where she was able to enjoy magnificent views of the Erewash Valley.

Following the visit the MP for Broxtowe said; “Bennerley Viaduct is an iconic structure and an important landmark for the whole country.

“This project which will restore Bennerley Viaduct to its former glory and give it a new sense of purpose and direction.

“ It’s a fantastic project – let’s make it happen.”

Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, added; “I really enjoyed visiting the historic, and iconic, Bennerley Viaduct. It was great to meet the Sustrans team who are making the dream of restoring this structure a reality.”

Matt Easter said: “We welcome the support we’ve received, giving Bennerley Viaduct a new purpose is critical to safeguarding the future of this iconic structure.”