A PETITON began by Queensbury Tunnel Society asking the Department for Transport and Highways England to suspend the abandonment work while stakeholders carry out a broad assessment of its potential is nearing 10,000 signatures.

The Society’s campaign is to reopen the tunnel as part of a cycle network but Highways England’s Historical Railways Estate which looks after the tunnel for the Department for Transport, is looking to abandon it as part of a £3.2 million project starting in September.

Campaigners said in 2016 a specialist engineering team developed a proposal which would see the tunnel proportionately repaired for £2.81 million. This would transform it from a liability into an asset, ensuring Queensbury Tunnel could repay that investment over time through social, environmental, health and economic benefits.

To sign the petition go to: https://bit.ly/2Afq31y