Sustainable transport charity Sustrans has opened what it describes as 'Britain's longest cycle tunnel', linking Bath and Midford.
At four miles in length, the new stretch of path occupies a former railway route, which has been transformed for walkers and cyclists alike. What's more, the development comes 50 years on from the Beeching cuts that forced the closure of the railway line in the first place.
John Sawyer, 66, who worked as a fireman on the Dorset and Somerset Line until its closure in 1966, has been involved in the development of the Two Tunnels Greenway.
A keen cyclist and champion of the railway's history, John said: “Working on the railway for five years was a tough old job, but I was devastated when the line closed as a result of the Beeching Report. I loved the life I had while I was working on the railway.
“It has been great to be involved in the Two Tunnels Greenway opening, and the route looks amazing. I’m so passionate about this historic line, and it has been a privilege to watch its transformation and see the tunnels take on a new lease of life.”
The route officially opens on Saturday 6 April 2013.
To date, Sustrans has helped to transform 1,500 miles of railway track into popular cycling and walking routes.
Pic Credit: Phil Cheatle/Sustrans