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The Sustrans bid has won the People’s £50 millon. Rather inevitable, a “nationwide” project against “regional” ones, very disappointing though – not sure why the winner has been announced now when they were trailing it to be announced on the news tonight.

[Update] It appears that the Black Country Came second, which is a good showing for the least fashionable bid – faggots and paas versus Robin Hood and Eden. The team behind the project are vowing to continue to work to make it happen, and good luck to them.

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  • I used to be a member of the Warwickshire Gloucestershire Steam Railway (GWR), based at Toddington. They have first rights to the trackbed north to Stratford with the aim, one day, of being able to run steam trains from Cheltenham Racecourse to Stratford, connecting to the Shaekespeare Express Sunday service to Moor Street/Snow Hill. The track is slowly being relaid as far as Broadway. Meantime, Sustrans had leased the right of way south of Stratford as a cycle way. They, Sustrans, are now fighting an ongoing legal battle to dig up and sell the ballast that they don’t own so that the GWR will never be able to fulfill their dreams. The legal battle costs the GWR time and money it can ill afford. So I am very disappointed that the public voted the £50 million to Sustrans as it may well men that some of these funds will go to fight this and other legal battles.

    All this is too little too late for the Black Country Urban Park concept. Perhaps, as is so often the case, the Midlands has to take care of its own!

  • The battle against a well organised national project was always tough. The Black Country should do a huge cave – man like pat on the back for almost making it. Oh and telly needs to get a grip we care, even if you don’t