PRESERVE THE GREENWAY – STOP THE HONEYBOURNE LINK
The Stratford Greenway Group (SGG) promotes awareness of the health, social and environmental benefits arising from the Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Marston Greenway and Summerton Way, its associated green corridor within Stratford town.
In Section 11.22, the Stratford Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) states: “In two recent residents’ surveys, green spaces were ranked amongst the highest positive features of Stratford-upon-Avon, which residents wanted to preserve. It was regarded as an important and positive reason for living in the town, amongst all age groups.”
SGG would like your support in a campaign to protect the Greenway and Summerton Way. We wish to conserve them together as a vital multi-use recreational facility, green space and haven for wildlife for the benefit of the local community, the many visitors to Stratford and future generations.
The Stratford Greenway is a straight and flat stretch of dismantled railway, running from Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Marston. It is currently under threat from a proposal to reopen the old rail line between Stratford and Honeybourne, commonly called the Honeybourne Link.
In Stratford town, the proposed line would run from the rail station, down a deep trench along Summerton Way, through a tunnel under Evesham Road roundabout, along another deep trench in Seven Meadows Road, through a second tunnel under Wetherby Way and onto the Greenway. From there, the railway would run all along the Greenway to Station Road, Long Marston, and onwards to the main line rail station at Honeybourne. See Stratford Greenway for further details and Current Threat for maps of the potential impact along the proposed route.
SGG believe that the eventual cost of reinstating the proposed railway could be double the sum currently quoted, based on the actual costs of a similar completed project. We also feel that the assumptions about passenger numbers and traffic growth used in the existing benefits calculation are questionable. See High Cost and Misleading Statistics respectively.
The attitude of the railway campaigners is to brush aside the legitimate concerns of others and claim support for their venture. Visit Railway Myth to see a summary of their views and our responses, with more details on the associated Ten Issues and Misleading Statistics pages.
In our opinion, this proposal would:
Damage the environment of Summerton Way and the Greenway, disturb wildlife (including protected species) and harm their established natural habitat.
Create noise, dust and pollution during construction and afterwards, affecting the quality of life of those living and working along the route and possibly lowering the value of properties close to the line – see Detrimental Railway.
Create traffic problems in Stratford, at Milcote Road and around Long Marston and inconvenience locals and visitors with the closure or diversion of footpaths during the years of construction and afterwards – see Construction Difficulty.
Spoil the enjoyment of the Greenway and Summerton Way for walkers, cyclists, families, dog walkers and horse riders.