The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct plan to reinstate Saturday work parties to enable the brilliant work which has been put in by friends and volunteers to continue. We hope this will be operational by the end of the year. In the meantime, Sustrans Greener Greenways team will be carrying out some workdays though these take place on weekdays. Details of the workdays are attached. If you want further details of the workdays, please contact the greener greenways team. Bennerley Schedule of works Summer Autumn 2018
Following a presentation at Nottingham University, the Association for Industrial Archaeology made a visit to Bennerley Viaduct as part of their National Conference. A coachload of delegates enjoyed a ploughmans lunch in the Bridge Inn followed by a tour around, under and on the viaduct. The association played a key role in saving the viaduct back in the 1980s when British Rail wanted to demolish the structure. The members were really appreciative of all the work which has been done by the Friends and Volunteers to bring the structure back into use.
In addition, a heritage holiday company also visited the viaduct on the same day. They were given a guided tour of the viaduct. It is satisfying to see the viaduct becoming a destination for those interested in our industrial heritage.
The next open meeting will take place at the Gate Inn, Awsworth on Monday October 15th at 7:00pm. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are intent on taking forwards an ambitious project for the viaduct. The meeting will update everyone on progress with the Railway Paths plan to carry out critical repairs. The meeting will also need to determine the breadth of the the project which we want to take forwards and the mechanisms we will use to bring in the investment. The committee have been busy determining whether a Community Interest Company be formed or whether the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. If you missed the previous meeting, unverified minutes of the meeting of August 13th are attached. FoBV Meeting Minutes 20 Aug 2018 amended (These minutes will be verified at the Oct 15th meeting) We look forwards to your contributions at the next meeting. Members and Non members welcome.
Railway Paths Ltd, the sister charity to Sustrans are the owners of the viaduct. In July 2018, the board of RPL have agreed to fund the cost of critical repairs to the structure and create access on to the deck of the viaduct. RPL are in the process of raising the necessary funds to enable the repairs to take place and for a deck to be installed. Access to the deck will be via a ramp on the Erewash Canal end and via steps at the Awsworth end. The work should be put out to contract in Spring 2019. The work will cost somewhere in the region of £0.5m. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct welcome this development. The image above shows repairs being made to pier base three using traditional lime mortar.