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RAMPAGE

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Posted: 02/01/2018 10:29:08
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Was reading this today, quite an interesting article close to the heart of us mining enthusiasts I think.

There is a lovely Victorian railway tunnel, 1.3 miles long, siting idle that the government wants to spend three million quid sealing up so it could never be reopened or even seen again.

Bit of a monumental act of expensive mindless vandalism if you ask me.

However there is a focus group lobbying to get it turned into a cycle route. That's got to be a much better alternative. Which is why it probably won't happen.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/01/new-push-to-make-englands-longest-cycle-tunnel-a-reality?CMP=share_btn_link

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Posted: 02/01/2018 11:42:41
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Sounds like an excellent scheme to me, I've cycled the Monsal trail and it's tunnels and it's a great day out. IP: 188.39.178.242
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Posted: 02/01/2018 12:04:28
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Not an area Im likely to visit but fully support the vision. I thought govt were talking of opening old railways seems they want to close it to avoid another opportunity

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AR

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Posted: 02/01/2018 13:28:07
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It would make a lot more sense - having lived in Bradford, I know what the uphill slog is like between there and Halifax and having a level route for biking between the two would be useful.

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Posted: 04/01/2018 22:22:04
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All mine related as the whole area has been extensively mined for coal, clay and fireclay. The tunnel cut through various workings during its construction, and their subsequent collapse is held to be responsible for some of the problems in the tunnel lining.

Two of the construction shafts were abandoned due to water ingress; one is even marked as cutting a drainage adit. So I'd say it's possible that the tunnel has been draining away a fair take of minewater through the extant shafts and the lining.

If it's repaired and grouted to make it watertight then I'd assume there will be some degree of minewater rebound in the old workings. I can add that an adit above the tunnel is dry; one below it is flooded. So I hear Innocent

Some of the above taken from the technical report:

http://www.queensburytunnel.org.uk/reports/QueensburyTunnelReport(October2016).pdf

A section at the end discusses the use of a Beaumont/Appleby drilling machine in the tunnel, as used at Croesor.




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Posted: 05/01/2018 00:41:14
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I'd like to see the contractors workings of how they got to £3m.

This sort of thing should be (and probably is) published in full somewhere.
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Posted: 05/01/2018 02:15:33
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1.3 miles of shotcrete to line the tunnel would probably help to secure any shaky bits and help with water ingress; no nasty drips down the neck when cycling through. Brighten the place up too Wink
That plus contractors fees would make a tidy dent in £3 M.
The knock-on effects of doing it would be anyone's guess though.



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Posted: 05/01/2018 03:38:57
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Be a shame if that was sealed, one of the ones I always wanted to see years ago when walking old tunnels was my thing IP: 90.205.98.133
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Posted: 05/01/2018 08:53:32
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The contractor mentioned in the report, SES,

http://www.queensburytunnel.org.uk/reports/QueensburyTunnelReport(October2016).pdf

is one I have used for many years. They know what they are talking about and are more than capable of doing such a job.

It's just a question of money......
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Posted: 06/01/2018 06:25:55
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Sky news.
https://news.sky.com/video/campaign-to-open-cycle-tunnel-11196948
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