Revamp plan for disused railway line

Peter Campbell-Barker of Lutterworth who wants to see a disused area of railway in Lutterworth redeveloped
Peter Campbell-Barker of Lutterworth who wants to see a disused area of railway in Lutterworth redeveloped

A man who has been devoting his time to cleaning up an old railway line is hoping it can be made into a more pleasant place for walkers.

Pastor Peter Campbell-Barker is hoping that the mile-long stretch of disused railway line in Lutterworth can be made into an idyllic spot for ramblers.

Peter Campbell Barker who wants to see a disused railway line in Lutterworth redeveloped

Peter Campbell Barker who wants to see a disused railway line in Lutterworth redeveloped

Pastor Campbell-Barker wants to turn the area, which was previously used by the London North East Railway and has been out of use for more than 60 years, into a designated footpath and hopes to eventually have steps and picnic benches there.

The recently retired pastor, from the Pentecostal Church in Chapel Street, Lutterworth, is a wildlife enthusiast and he has seen and sketched muntjac deer at the site, off Station Road, Gilmorton Road and near The River Swift.He is trying to gain support for the plan and has posted letters to neighbouring properties.

Lutterworth Town Council discussed the plan on Tuesday night and Cllr Clive Weston hopes to set up a task force to help clear the site of rubble.

They will be enlisting the help of the town’s Rotary Clubs.

Map of the disused railway line in Lutterworth that Peter Campbell-Barker wants to see redeveloped

Map of the disused railway line in Lutterworth that Peter Campbell-Barker wants to see redeveloped

Pastor Campbell-Barker, of Faringdon Avenue, Lutterworth, said: “I love my neighbours in Lutterworth, and have wanted to improve their environment in some small way, so tidying up the old railway path seemed a good way to achieve this.

“Lutterworth has a good park on the Magna Park side of town, and a park has been developed along Bill Crane Way also, but our side of the town parallel to the M1 has been left as it was since Lord Beeching took the line out of service.

“The tracks were removed and the old railway station demolished, and so almost a mile of the old railway has virtually returned to nature. It is in need of rejuvenation, or at least a good tidy-up to make it safe, pleasant and accessible to the people of the town.”

It could end up being like a shorter version of the Brampton Valley Way in Harborough.

The town council raised health and safety liability issues during a discussion about the project on Tuesday.