Voices from the Viaduct – Summer 2016

An audio programme produced by local radio station Erewash Sound (96.8FM in the Erewash area) for Sustrans and The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. Continue reading “Voices from the Viaduct – Summer 2016”

Viaduct Exhibition

Celebration at Victoria Park, Ilkeston. Sunday 2nd October 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sunday October 2nd. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct will have a stand in Victoria Park, Ilkeston. The event is to celebrate the restoration of Victoria park and celebrate its existence as an important green space. If any of the Friends of Bennerley viaduct would like to help on the stall, please let me know.

Viaduct Reaches New Milestone

If you have been down to Bennerley Viaduct this week, you will have seen a team of engineers with drones, lasers and other hi-tech equipment  carrying out a detailed inspection of the viaduct. The inspection is a key milestone in the project. It is the culmination of a coordinated effort by many people from a range of organisations. This inspection will give us the most up to date picture of the condition of the viaduct and it will inform our bids for funding to bring the viaduct back into use as a walking and cycling trail. Continue reading “Viaduct Reaches New Milestone”

Viaduct Workday

Saturday September 17th: Meet at the Bridge Inn, Cotmanhay. at 10:00 am.

The structural assessment of the viaduct will commence on the week commencing Sept 19th. This structural survey is a critical component of the project. The workparty’s main task is ensuring that all the pier bases, piers and underside of the structure  can be inspected by the engineers and that the entire length of the underneath of the viaduct is accessible. Most of the piers have now been cleared but the wet summer has resulted in a lot of secondary vegetation regrowing and covering some pier bases that had previously been cleared.. The work will primarily be centred around vegetation removal. If you would like something a bit gentler, the paths around the viaduct will always welcome a bit of litter picking. come for an hour, a morning or a full day. Forget the gym – get some exercise in the fresh air under the viaduct. Tools and gloves  provided. All welcome. Contact Kieran for further details.

Erewash Sound Broadcast

Thursday September 8th around 9:30 pm
Sunday September 11th  around 8:30 am.

Radio Erewash Sound 96.8 FM will be broadcasting the memories of a group of men who misspent their youth collecting railway engine numbers in the Bennerley Viaduct area. This should be a really amusing history of the viaduct through the eyes of a group who have a real affection for the structure and the area. They look back on their train spotting days with great fondness and recall stories from their youths. (The programme will be put on both our Facebook page and our website if you miss it)

Closure of Railway Footbridge near Bennerley Viaduct.

As from Wednesday this week (wc 12-9-16), the Bennerley Railway footbridge which takes you to Bennerley Viaduct from the Erewash Canal will be closed for safety reasons. (pictures attached) It will be closed until a new footbridge is installed and this is likely to be  some time away.  As this is the main route to access the viaduct on foot, the closure will have some implications for us. Continue reading “Closure of Railway Footbridge near Bennerley Viaduct.”