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One of two bridges intended for infilling on the route of the proposed Alnwick Greenway which would head out of town into the fabulous Northumberland countryside.
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This bridge at Kirtlebridge - just over the Scottish border - is used as a wildlife corridor and forms the only access route onto three acres of a farmer's property. But despite a Minister's assurance that Highways England would endeavour to retain access beneath any bridge where an interest is identified, the structure will be infilled.
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At Alexandra Palace, Highways England intends to demolish this brick structure which forms part of a conservation area.
PHOTO: MATT BUCK
Pont Llanio bridge spans the former Carmarthen-Aberystwyth railway which would form part of a strategic north-south link through west Wales. A campaign group wants it to be reopened for social purposes and the Welsh Government has conducted a study.
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The Bridport Renewal Corridor would establish a light railway and active travel route along the trackbed of the former Bridport branch, but the business case would be substantially weakened if this bridge was demolished, as Highways England intends.
PHOTO: NIGEL EWENS
The Dumfries-Stranraer railway is being considered for reopening as part of the South West Scotland Transport Study, but Highways England plans to infill this bridge, blocking the route and weakening the business case.
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The Keswick branch in the Lake District is the focus of a longstanding reopening campaign and a bid to the Government's Restoring Your Railway Fund, but Highways England is partially infilling two structures on the route using steel arches that are not big enough to accommodate trains.
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Great Musgrave bridge is needed for a five-mile connection between the Eden Valley and Stainmore railways in Cumbria, but the structure was controversially infilled - without scrutiny or consultation - in May/June 2021.
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The ambitious establishment of a Norfolk Orbital Railway would be prejudiced by Highways England's proposed infilling scheme of this bridge near Fakenham.
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel engineered this bridge for the Cornwall Railway in the 1860s, but Highways England told Cornwall Council that it needs to be infilled "to prevent an emergency arising". It carries a little-used farm track and is 220m for the nearest public right of way.
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Staward Station is Northumberland has been delightfully restored, but holidaymakers staying in the former waiting room could soon be looking out at concrete infill if Highways England gets its way.
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This bridge is one of four spanning the route of the proposed Hereford-Hay Greenway. Two were the subject of planning applications for infilling, but Herefordshire Council rejected them.
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Protected by a Grade C listing due to its unusual construction form, this bridge at Pugeston in Angus could span an extension of the Caledonian Railway if Highways England is prevented from infilling it.
PHOTO: SIMON DOUGLAS
Three unusual concrete bridges are needed for the Neilston-Uplawmoor Community Link in East Renfrewshire which is currently at the detailed design stage. Highways England would scupper the project if it goes ahead with its threat to infill them.
PHOTO: ROSS COWAN
A future phase of the Highways England-funded Newbury-Didcot Railway Path will pass beneath this bridge near Hackney Bottom, but only if another part of Highways England doesn't infill it first.
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Horspath bridge near Oxford serves as a traffic-calming measure and wildlife corridor. Highways England had plans to demolish it until a community protest forced a change of heart.
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The HRE Group is an alliance of walking, cycling and heritage campaigners, engineers and greenway developers who regard the Historical Railways Estate’s structures to be strategically valuable in the context of building a better future.

Last updated 25 November 2021
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