Plans to Restore Scarborough-Whitby Cinder Track
Charity Sustrans has been awarded funding from the Coastal Revival Fund to consult on and complete a detailed plan for the restoration of the Cinder Track that runs along the North Yorkshire coast between Scarborough and Whitby.
The plan will inform the long term management of the old railway and attract new investment that will help to fully realise the potential of this iconic resource as a heritage, wildlife, and traffic-free transport route for the many local communities it links. It will also help to further diversify the local economy by improving the quality of experience for both domestic and overseas visitors.
The first phase of public consultation is being launched today and the charity is urging local people to take part. It is straight forward and only takes a few minutes to complete.
Groundwork North Yorkshire is carrying out the consultation work, while Scarborough Borough Council (the owners of the line) is providing project management support.
Currently, the Cinder Track forms part of National Cycle Network Route 1 and the North Sea Cycle Route (EuroVelo Route 12), much of which lies within the North York Moors National Park.
Mike Babbitt, Sustrans Regional Infrastructure Manager said:
"This is a very exciting project which allows us to carefully consider and plan major improvements for what should really be some of the best coastal cycling and walking in Britain. We urge local people and others to tell us about their usage of the route, and to give us their views on what they’d most like to see improved, and where."
Cllr. Andrew Backhouse, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Tourism and Culture at Scarborough Borough Council said:
"We’re delighted to be working with Sustrans on a plan that will make it clear what needs to be done and by whom, to secure the brightest future for this coastal gem."
Richard Gunton, Director (Park Services) at the North York Moors National Park Authority said:
"This is the opportunity we've all been waiting for, to bring all the partners together to produce ‘shovel ready’ schemes of work that can form the basis of future funding bids to make the most of this fantastic route."
The deadline for the initial online consultation is the 5th February. A number of public meetings at selected locations along the route are being planned for March / April 2016 to discuss the results of the survey, and resulting proposed improvements and ways forward in more detail.
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