New set of users for rail tunnel as path plan gets go-ahead

Neidpath Viaduct near Peebles.
Neidpath Viaduct near Peebles.

A new multi-use path between Lyne Station and Peebles will be created, bringing Neidpath tunnel and viaduct back into use.

At a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Monday, members welcomed the proposal, which had been altered following substantial opposition from residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in Peebles.

Originally, the plan had been for the path to finish at South Park Crescent, but concerns regarding road safety and residential amenity prompted a late revision, which will see the path link in to the wider paths network near South Parks Industrial Estate.

While the scheme attracted some objections, it also received significant support during the consultation period – and was unanimously backed by members of the planning committee.

Derek Inglis, principal roads planning officer, told the committee: “This is a good news story. The A72 for cyclists, particularly west of Peebles, is treacherous.”

Although the path proposal was agreed in principle, the applicants, Upper Tweed Railway Paths Group, will need to obtain a bat licence for the project to be given the formal go-ahead, due to the work required in Neidpath tunnel for it to be brought back into use.