Eastern gateway gains approval

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP tackles the Trail at Peak East VIP

As we begin to approach the home strait on our project in Dunford Bridge, we took the opportunity to welcome local MP Miriam Cates to site to talk through what we’ve achieved and our ongoing work to transform this classic Dark Peak landscape.

Born and raised in nearby Sheffield, Miriam has taken an interest in our project since before construction began. We have been looking forward to showing her the site and to meet the team first hand.

After a brief presentation showcasing our environmental and engineering achievements as well as outlining the path to pylon removal, we took Miriam on a guided tour along the temporary Trans Pennine Trail diversion.

We spoke about how, with the pylons gone, the project has potential to create a new eastern gateway to the Peak District National Park, attracting many more visitors to the pylon-free landscape.

We also shared our plans for visits from local schools in the coming weeks where there will be opportunities for us to meet and hopefully inspire the engineers and environmentalists of the future.

Miriam Cates MP said: “This work is part of an innovative project to restore the stunning views to this amazing part of the Peak District, with only a handful of similar initiatives taking place across the country. I’m pleased that our constituency has been recognised for its natural beauty, and that it’s receiving the attention it needs.

“It was great to hear that the project is having a positive impact on both the local community and environment. The education centre is a fantastic space for schools to come along and learn about the science and engineering involved in the work, and the removal of the pylons will result in much improved biodiversity by providing new habitats for rare species.

“I look forward to keeping up to date with the project, and will be sure to visit once the works have been completed.”