Work starts to give a new lease of life to Hockley Viaduct
Press Release: 12/06/2012
Work to repair the Hockley Viaduct and integrate it into the final stretch of National Cycle Network Route 23 (NCN23) started last week.
Winchester City Council with partners Sustrans and Hampshire County Council were pleased to be on site, along with the Friends of Hockley Viaduct, to celebrate the start of building works as part of this popular project.
Avon Construction has begun the first stage of restoration to the Viaduct which is planned to be completed in October 2012. Work is being carried out to repair the brickwork and to re-point the Viaduct parapets, along with the laying of a concrete deck. The works will also see the lowering of some areas of the parapets to enable people on the viaduct to view the beautiful river, countryside and City beyond.
Cllr Victoria Weston, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, said
The restoration of Hockley Viaduct has been championed for many years by Winchester District Residents and I am delighted that this is now underway. It is particularly pleasing to be solving a current transport requirement for cyclists and walkers to and from the city centre and also providing a wonderful leisure facility for all, by using a structure designed for transport in a bygone era.”
Cllr Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said:
Restoring the Hockley Viaduct and putting it back into public use is good news for the area. The Viaduct is an important piece of Hampshire’s heritage, and this renovation will give it a new lease of life, providing an alternative route into Winchester as part of the National Cycle Network.”
The project has received huge financial support from Winchester City Council who have committed £500,000, Hampshire County Council who have committed £250,000 and Sustrans who have committed £200,000 from the DfT Linking Places Fund. Following the success of the recent planning application the remainder of the project and route is planned to be completed by mid January 2013.
There is more information about the project on www.winchester.gov.uk/hockleyviaduct.