Archive Category: Solar System Greenway

Despite some opposition, the Selby District Council (which at that time stretched to the very suburbs of York) voted to support the project to convert the disused railway into a traffic free path. The North Yorkshire branch of the  Cycle Touring Club raised a petition of over 1,000 in favour of the project and wrote to the Prime Minister and Ian McGregor of the National Coal Board. Ron Healey has donated his archive to Bishopthorpe Community Archive.

John Grimshaw’s Railway Path Project, later Sustrans, was commissioned to undertake the project, and work started in 1985. It was competed in 1987 with the first section of the National Cycle Network, which now stretches to 15,000 miles across the country and, subsequently, part of the Trans Pennine Trail. The work was funded by the Countryside Commission, the sale of the ballast and the Manpower Services Commission and undertaken as a job creation scheme. The job was run by Dave Jackson who went on to manage Sustran’s regional construction and maintenance team based in Bishopthorpe.

After boundary changes the City of York Council funded the tarmac surface as far as Escrick and in 2014 the remaining stretch to Riccall was surfaced as part of the Future Jobs Fund programme.

The bridge over the river Ouse hosts the iconic ‘Fisher of Dreams’ sculpture and in 1999,a team from  the University of York created the scale model of the Solar System running 10 kilometres from York to Riccall. More information can be found on their website.

Graduate students at York College’s Department of Art and Design are already developing exciting new ideas for work to be installed on the Greenway in 2018. You can follow their progress on their blog (coming soon).

“Rangers’ Round – Up”, Bulletin No 1, August 1988

“Railway path wins conservation award”: news clipping The Star, 22 September 1988, p. 9

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Archive

Papers relating to nature reserves, including minutes, annual reports, management plans, work programmes, ecological surveys, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and press…

York to Selby Railway Path & Cycle Route Project: News: No 1, September 1985

York to Selby Railway Path & Cycle Route Project News: No 2, Summer 1986 (3 copies)

York Bike Belles: an interview with Sheridan Piggott

Here Sheridan Piggott, York Bike Belles Programme Manager, talks about the importance of traffic free Greenways in the work of…

Unused information chart to be used to gather statistics relating to pedestrians and cyclists

University of York Sociology Report

Students from the Department of Sociology at the University of York carried out a research project in Summer 2018 with…

University of York Evaluation Report on the Solar System Greenway

This report was undertaken by the Department of Sociology of the University of York Copy of R2G Final Draft University…

The Ron Healey Archive

RH1 Ron Healey was a member of the Cycle Touring Club (CTC) who saw the potential of the railway line…

The Railway Path and Cycle Route leaflet with York to Selby plan Summer 1988

The Railway Path and Cycle Route leaflet with York to Riccall plan Summer 1987

The Railway Path and Cycle Route leaflet with York to Riccall plan, Summer 1987.

The Birth of the National Cycle Network – an interview with John Grimshaw

This is an oral recording (and transcription) of a description of the origins of Sustrans and the construction of the…

Some issues in the creation of the Solar System Greenway

Paul Hepworth is on the right in this historic photo – of course in those days you could build a…

Solar System- the painting of the Sun

Over the years the colour of the sun fades from yellow to grey, therefore needs maintaining. The last time it…

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