Petitions - You Can Make it Happen!
…..Sign the Government Petition
A government sponsored petition has also been set up with the ultimate aim of getting the Re-Opening of the Wonderful Woodhead Railway debated in parliament. All you need to do is click this link: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232138
…..To Stop National Grid
The immediate priority is to stop National Grid from digging up the abandoned Woodhead Railway. This will wipe out any chance of Grand Northern or any other organisation from developing this national treasure for its original use as a railway. National Grid’s plan is to use £500 million of your and my money, by way of something called the Visual Impact Provision,VIP to bury cables underground. They plan to use the trackbed east of the tunnels at Dunford Bridge – see map opposite – which is currently part of the Pennine Trail. See map and illustrated aerial photo shot for proposed route of cable trench.
National Grid plan to use pressurised SF6 to insulate the underground cable. SF6 is the most potent Green House Gas known to man. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change SF6 has a a Global Warming Potential (GWP) that is 23,900 times greater than CO2. Worse still, if the under ground conduit were to be ruptured, the pressurised gas would escape into the valley bottom. Since SF6 is denser than air, it would settle in low-lying pockets and present a significant risk of aphyxiation.
We need the public to help put a stop to National Grid’s plans. Details of how you can register your concerns to National Grid’s plans can be found by following this link: http://peakdistricteast.nationalgrid.co.uk/