Fancy seeing iconic Bennerley viaduct revitalised?

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New life may be granted to Bennerley Viaduct as a public consultation is planned to ask residents what they would like to see happen to this historic piece of engineering.

The Sustrans charity for promoting sustainable transport hopes to engage with the public about conserving the viaduct, which was originally used by the Great Northern Railway.

It is set to be conserved and incorporate a new cycle path if funding can be found.

Anyone willing to attend the 10am consultation on Saturday, January 31 at Ilkeston Football Club, New Manor Ground can expect free tea, coffee and cake, activities for children and a chance to share knowledge of the 1,400-foot-long iconic structure.

Bill Tomson, network development officer of Sustrans East Midlands said: “The purpose of this event is to see what people think of our proposals and see how much support there is.

“It’s a grade-II* listed structure with a lot of heritage so my main focus is to conserve it and look after it, and keeping it in use is vital.”

Bennerley Viaduct was completed in 1877 and in operation until 1968.

It is one of only two wrought iron latticework viaducts left in the UK, the other is Meldon Viaduct in Devon, now also used for cycling.

It was modelled on designs by Gustav Eiffel.

Most viaducts then were brick, but weak ground underneath from years of coal mining meant it had to be a lighter iron.

It narrowly destruction in 1916 during a German zeppelin’s bombing raid on the area.

Mr Tomson added: “We would also love to hear people’s memories or any historical information they might have to help capture that history and keep it alive.”