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The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct: About the Group

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, (FoBV) is a thriving and active community group, passionate about restoring and celebrating this superb example of Victorian railway engineering and opening it up to the public. We are working in partnership with the owners, Railway Paths Ltd to bring the iconic structure back into use as a walking and cycling trail.

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The Friends Group receive an award from the Greenwood Partnership

What We Do

The Friends have made an immense contribution so far by promoting the project; mounting exhibitions; organising events; engaging in volunteer workdays; raising funds; presenting illustrated talks; leading guided walks; producing interpretation materials, writing reports and securing political support for the project. We need your skills to help us with this work. Please get in touch.

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Friends of Bennerley Viaduct with our mobile exhibition informing the public about the exciting plans for the viaduct. Ilkeston Vintage Transport and Heritage Event.

Our Vision

The Friends Group has a clear and ambitious vision for the future of the viaduct which is to create an inspirational green space with Bennerley Viaduct as its centrepiece. (See Vision Document) . To bring this  vision to fruition, the FoBV is currently in the process of securing charitable status. By 2020, we aim to be an Associative Charitable Incorporated Organisation, as this will provide us with the appropriate structure and governance to deliver a substantial project.

How We Work

Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are committed to work in an open and transparent way with owners,  landowners, MPs, elected representatives, council officers, businesses and other societies and organisations. We are a democratic organisation where all members have a say in the future of the viaduct.

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An on site meeting between the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, the owners Railway Paths and the World Monument Fund.