New green walkway would be welcome boost for Gedling Station transformation project

 New green walkway would be welcome boost for Gedling Station transformation project

PICTURED: Former Gedling Station building and, inset, Francis Rodrigues

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A planned greenway leading from Netherfield to Gedling Country Park would be a welcome boost for a project which aims to transform a former train station building into a new community hub and cafe.

Gedling Borough Council is proposing to turn an abandoned mineral railway line running from Netherfield to the former Gedling Colliery site into a new green walkway for walkers and cyclists.

The new route would run past the former Gedling Station site, which a team of volunteers are now working hard to transform into a new cafe and community hub.

The building dates back to 1875 and was used by passengers to board trains on the Great Northern Railway. It closed to passengers back in 1960. After its closure the former station building was used to housed Gedling Youth Club from 1967 until 2012.

The abandoned site had been earmarked for housing but it was saved at the last minute by a team of volunteers who now plan to make it a ‘community asset’.

Netherfield train route

If the greenway plans get the go ahead, it would provide the group’s new cafe with much-needed footfall – with thousands of potential customers passing the site each year.

Chairman of the Friends of Gedling Station Francis Rodrigues said the move would help provide the income needed to fund their long-term plans for the site.

He said: “This will really help us. The passing trade for our planned community cafe would be very welcome and help boost our funds and long-term plans.

“In one impact assessment, the footfall was estimated at 150,000 per annum on the walkway.

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He added: “It will be a green lung for this area, which is needed with all the new housing at Chase Farm and in Netherfield – 2100 in total.”

Work is currently underway to restore the former station building on Shearing Hill, with much-needed funding coming from the Gedling Lottery.

You can get updates on the progress of the project via the Friends of Gedling Station Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430676157305787

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