The Greenway path, planned to run from the New England railway bridges to Brighton Station, is green, pleasant, and still blocked off at the northern end. We asked if we could have a look at it, and the Council gave the PCA a tour.
We found an attractive and thoughtfully designed passage running between the pillars that used to support the old engine works. With vines planted along the walls, giant sculptures of tools on the pillars recalling the site’s industrial past, places to sit among an elegant mixture of wild and garden plants, it has a natural and human quality that contrasts with much of the rest of the New England Quarter.
So why isn’t it open? The planting was ready months ago – last year we were told we could expect to be able to use it in late summer or autumn. But the Council has not yet managed to reach agreement with Network Rail, which owns the land at the northern end.
Over the past week new fences and some formidable spikes have gone up between the railway bridges, which may be a sign that things are moving at last. But meanwhile the Council is taking advice from its lawyers, and considering court action against Network Rail.