The current threat to the Greenway comes from a proposal, mainly from people outside of Stratford, to re-instate the Stratford-upon-Avon to Honeybourne Link railway, that closed in 1976 since it was little used and unprofitable.

If this railway went ahead, the pleasures of the Greenway would be ruined for the people of Warwickshire and beyond:

  • Domestic and commercial property prices blighted all along the proposed route.
  • Footpaths closed or diverted.
  • Road traffic flow into Stratford and along Milcote Road and Station Road into Long Marston afflicted.
  • At least a couple of years of severe disruption during construction.
  • Tourism affected.
  • The decision to proceed would be political without a sound business case.
  • All this for a dubious return, at a high cost, which would take decades to recoup, if ever.
  • Is this what we want?

The potential impact of this railway in the three sections of the proposed route is shown on the following maps:

Click views to see pictures of what would be damaged or lost all along the proposed route.

Whilst on your virtual journey, please consider the difficulty of reinstating a railway across such creaking structures as Stannal’s Bridge across the River Avon below:

Read further details on the Detrimental Railway and Construction Difficulty pages.

See highlights of the supporting evidence on the Railway Myth page.

Go to At Risk to see how people, amenities, properties and roads will all be affected.

See what you can do to help prevent this catastrophe on the Take Action page.