Why it is being developed
The Rugby Viaduct Cycleway (RVCW) project plans to create an attractive footpath and cycle path using the Grade 2 Listed railway viaduct which crosses the busy Leicester Road dual carriageway.
The northern areas of Rugby, including Brownsover, Newbold and the Cosford industrial and employment area, are partially separated from the rest of Rugby by the Leicester Road and the West Coast Main Line. These major transport arteries act as barriers to pedestrians and cyclists making everyday local journeys to and from Rugby centre. The project aim therefore, is to link the above areas to the town centre and railway station with a route that is mainly away from the busy highway. It will also become a major leisure amenity.
Following a public competition in December 2007, Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, was granted £50 million from the Big Lottery Fund towards its Connect2 initiative. Connect2 is the umbrella name for over 70 UK sustainable transport projects linking communities in a sustainable way. The RVCW is one of these projects and will benefit from a share of the lottery grant. The project is additionally being funded by Rugby Borough Council, St. Modwen Properties plc, British Waterways and possibly others.
The RVCW will form a section of the proposed Route no. 53 of the National Cycle Network
Rugby Borough Council has prepared a downloadable presentation of the RVCW prior to development. (Requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader download).
The route will start adjacent to The Boat and Barley Mow public houses in Newbold and continue along the Oxford Canal towpath. Where the towpath approaches the former Rugby-Leicester Line Railway Bridge which crosses the canal, a ramp will be constructed up to the bridge deck level.
The route will then cross the green open space (Linear Park) adjacent to Consul Road and head towards the Viaduct. Upon crossing the Viaduct the route continues along the raised old railway embankment heading towards the end of Hunters Lane. A ramp will be constructed to bring the path back down to ground level prior to it crossing the end of Hunters Lane.
The route will continue along the southern edge of the land developed by St. Modwen Properties plc and head towards the high level railway bridge. This is where the new route meets the Black Path giving access to Tesco and Technology Drive.
A ramp (possibly spiral) will be constructed up to the bridge deck level for the route to cross over the railway and down toWoodbridge Court. The route will continue on street turning left into Wood Street and Railway Terrace for the rail station or straight over Wood Street and along Park Road for the town centre.