Re-lay the railways and MER with proper cycle lanes

Along with its Boisphere credentials, the IOM should think seriously about conventing the routes for steam and electric railways into properly developed and laid tarmac cycle lanes. Instead of loss-making vintage transport, 

Why the contribution is important

This would serve the following purposes:

1. carbon neutral transport in line with UNESCO biosphere, which could generate significant visitor numbers to cycle in a traffic free environment. 

2. Get bikes off the roads and provide simple and  effective cycle routes (without hills in the case of the steam railway current ant disused routes)

3. helping cycle to work schemes and general health benefits

3. Save the significant costs of running out-dated (and often empty) vintage railways

by keshvane on April 04, 2017 at 01:48PM

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  • Posted by Manxcat April 04, 2017 at 18:34

    It might be negative for tourism, and that would need to be assessed, and I would say retain the Snaefell mountain railway as that is always packed full of visitors, but otherwise it's a great idea - and should definitely include the other disused railway tracks, paved with smooth tarmac so suitable for all cyclists, runners, roller skaters etc, just as has been commonplace in parts of France for decades and now increasingly in some parts of UK. (Not saying we want to be like them - we should be leading them!)
  • Posted by Sentinel April 05, 2017 at 08:04

    Excellent idea!
  • Posted by Aadvark April 06, 2017 at 09:54

    Brilliant idea, at least for electric railway - need an assessment of possible significance and cost balance re tourism for steam railway. But maybe retain snaefell mountain railway.
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