Update March 2022

At the committee meeting on 14 March the following was discussed:

Progression of Phase 2/3 of the Greenway Plans
We are just awaiting costings from Sustrans. The route goes from the Royal Pub to just after Pudsey Grammar School (see map below). Most of the route is intact with mostly only one landowner (Leeds City Council). The total distance is 2.3km.

Heritage Display Boards
We also discussed progress on the provision of heritage display boards to promote the history of the former rail stations (pre-Beeching) at Greenside and Lowtown. If sufficient funds are raised, the boards will be enhanced with a bench and some shrubs (see initial drawings below).

Latest News and Events, February 2022

LITTER PICKS

Planned litter picks of old railway route:
Saturdays 19th Feb and 26th March

Meet for both 10am bottom of South Parade (near disused railway bridge).

Litter picking equipment provided.
Advisable to bring your own gloves.


TREE PLANTING

We are planning an event before April to plant a number of saplings (different varieties) to improve wildlife habitation along the Greenway route.

This is part of a massive tree planting exercise across the UK.
Date of event to be confirmed.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS/FUNDRAISING

Request for anyone who has fundraising expertise and time to assist.

Help is required for feasibility studies on phase 2 and phase 3 (Stanningley to Carlisle Road/Greenside tunnel entrance), also with Heritage display boards to be sited at the former Greenside and Lowtown rail stations and bench at Lowtown site.

If you are able to help please contact us via our social media contacts , or would be great if you could come along to our next planned committee meetings on:

Mon 14th March
Tues 19th April
Mon 16th May
7.30pm, Royal Hotel, Station St, Pudsey LS28 8PR


CHARITY STATUS

Great news we have recently been awarded official charity status!
We have been entered onto the Register of Charities (charity number 1197601).
This will assist our future fundraising campaigns .

Protect the ecology of Britain’s dismantled railways

An excellent article and video that highlights the threat to wildlife posed by the infilling of disused railway bridges. A petition has been set up which we’re sure many of you will want to support:
https://www.change.org/p/national-highways-protect-our-railway-heritage-from-highways-england-s-wrecking-ball/u/30096979

Click above to see article and watch video

This is the exact threat we still have in Pudsey with possible new applications to infill Greenside rail cutting.

Due to budget issues to maintain redundant rail infrastructure Historical Railways Estate (Highways England) will want to dispose of such liabilities if they possibly can.

Well done to the community group that successfully campaigned to stop the infill of Barcombe Bridge in East Sussex, read more at: sussexbylines.co.uk/infilling-at-barcombe-a-bridge-too-far.

Great turnout and weather for our first guided walk of the proposed Greenway

This covered Phases 1/2 of the route from Mt Pleasant Road, near St Josephs School via Lowtown, Robin Lane, Carlisle Road, passing the Greenside tunnel entrance, then via Smalewell Road/ bridleway to the western tunnel entrance , Tyersal embankment to Black Hey Farm, walking back via Leeds Country Way to Smalewell Road.

Around 25 residents from Leeds and Bradford attended and were shown the historical landmarks on the route including the sites of former Lowtown and Greenside rail stations which we are fundraising to provide Heritage interpretation boards at both sites.

The self guided route is also available on the website, greensidegreenway.org.

A local illustrator has also offered to assist with a new map /guide of the route.

Guided walk of the proposed Greenside Greenway

Saturday 6th November 10.30am

Greenside Greenway members invite you to a free walk of phases 1/2 of the proposed route and opportunity to ask questions.

Starting from outside St Joseph’s School on Mount Pleasant Road at 10.30am or join us further on the route at 11am on Carlisle Road bridge near the Royal public house, (walk to finish approx. 11.45am).

If interested in walking the route at another time, the self-guided details of the route are as below,

(advisable to wear appropriate footwear/clothing)

The full route plans are to include a link (phase 3) to Stanningley Road to Cycle Superhighway CSI) and at the Bradford end to Spen Valley Greenway (phase 4) via Tyersal Lane.

It’s possible to walk parts of the route starting at any point, and also if wanting to extend your walk to return to central Pudsey via a number of bridleways Fulneck Valley/Black Carr woods Bankhouse lane or Fulneck Moravian Settlement.

This is a guide of the central areas of the Greenway through Pudsey (phases 1/2). This is from Mount Pleasant Road to Tyersal rail Embankment. The route covers five segments of railway line, footpaths/bridleways and residential streets and is approx. 2 miles in length.

This guide starts at: –
Mount Pleasant Road just down from St Joseph’s Primary School entering the first segment of disused rail land which is now a woodland area, passing a near buried rail bridge and Pauls Mill Pond, the route opens up to reach nearby Lowtown.

Crossing busy Lowtown onto Crimbles place (cul -de sac), The sheltered housing complex is built on the former Lowtown Rail station land. Continue on the footpath at the end of the cul- de -sac passing over the top of another old rail bridge at the bottom of Longfield road. Then enter Longfield Court a short dog leg cul-de-sac onto the narrow footpath and onto 2nd segment of woodland /rail land to Robin Lane (near Crawshaw Academy). The old rail bridge is still here but now buried.

From Robin Lane cross this busy road to the entrance of the 3rd /4th segments of woodland railway, passing Radcliffe Lane and South Parade buried rail bridges to New Street.

Cross New Street (another buried rail bridge site) into quiet New Street Grove cul-de-sac, at the end of this road take the steps up to Carlisle Drive cul -de -sac, this area is the former Greenside rail station. At the top of Carlisle Drive turn right onto busy Carlisle Road. From here there are extensive views down to Leeds centre and on a clear day power station as far as Ferrybridge Power Station.

Cross the road to view the Greenside Tunnel Eastern entrance (516 metres in length), and part infill area of the rail cutting. At the Royal Hotel enter Station Street (one way traffic) proceed to the junction with busy Greenside /Smalewell road. Cross to Smalewell road and continue for 400 metres to Tyersal bridleway adjacent to the Fox and Grapes public house.

Proceed down the bridleway a short distance to a bridge which crosses the disused rail line., then a short distance later turns right onto the old railway tack bed. Under the bridge you crossed view the Western entrance to Greenside Tunnel. It’s possible to walk to the tunnel entrance which now has more secure gates fitted by Historical Railways Estate (Highways England), beware the land is normally boggy here.

Walk the 10 acres of woodland (which Ogden Group own ) with views across Fulneck Valley, Tyersal Beck passes under the embankment in a culvert. The walk ends at the missing rail bridge (beware steep drop) and slope ramp on the right down to Black Hey Farm and Tyersal Lane

If returning to Pudsey and to vary the walk it’s possible to walk down Tyersal Lane, passing the Tyersal beck/ culvert area using an old footbridge then a steep walk back up to Smalewell Road.

Greenside Greenway Guided walk plan  – Section below Mount Pleasant road  to Robin Lane

Section  below Robin lane to Greenside /Smalewell road -passing Greenside Tunnel eastern entrance

Section. below Smalewell road along Tyersal Embankment to Black Hey Farm .

mapping courtesy of Open Street Maps