Brigg Blog is chuffed to report that North Lincolnshire Council has now approved plans to refurbish and conserve mid-19th century Kirton Tunnel - constructed during the great age of steam.
There would be no railway line serving our town without this lengthy and vital piece of Victorian infrastructure near the neighbouring town.
Network Rail has been granted all-important listed building consent to install security doors to the doorway, install mesh to the windows and arrow slits, clear debris and make general internal and external brickwork repairs.
The green light having been given by local authority planners, Network Rail may now proceed whenever this project can be scheduled.
The Gothic-style tunnel entrance in question, completed in 1849, was given grade two listed status in 1985.
The other portal is less elaborate and not listed.
An assessment report compiled by North Lincolnshire Council planning staff explained: "The application has been assessed by the Council’s Conservation Officer and no objections have been raised to the proposal.
"There is no objection to the proposed works as they are necessary to ensure the long-term conservation of the structure and contribute to the health and safety of the public.
"It is considered that the proposal preserves the building, its setting and historic interest of the tunnel.
"It is therefore considered that the proposal is in accordance with the requirements of Section 66 of the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990."
Informing Network Rail's York Office of its decision, North Lincolnshire Council stipulated: "The works must be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this consent (July 27)." The council received the application in early June.
Archive picture credit: Stephen Gay.