Pedalling skills to connect people and places.
Scoping
An initial viability assessment of potential, work involved and likely outcome
Feasibility
A detailed study covering all 12 aspects of converting / upgrading a DRT for shared-use with options, implications and guideline costings
Implementation
Converting the DRT from its present state to readiness for one of two levels of use
CSRDT
Crushed stone + rolled dust top
BRIGHT GREEN
are now open for use
DRT
Year
Role
Comments / Result
DRT
Year
Role
Comments / Result
 
All over the N of England & beyond
1995/6
Trainee DRT surveyor
Intensive hands-on experience & training from Sustrans management – regional & national
 
Survey & assess numerous lengths of DRT for Feasibility studies for C&C CR, HCW, PCW, RCR, W2W CR, other
1996/9
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Appropriate sections adopted – see below for more details
 
C&C: Alnmouth to Alnwick (A1)
1996
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Surveyed and included in the C&C feasibility study
 
HCW: 1km section west of Carlisle with possible links
1997
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Lease agreed, new link route negotiated & built, 400m of DRT created (CSRDT), 500m unimproved section opened for use
 
NCN 72: 3km north of Carlisle
1997
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to cheaper alternatives
 
PCW: Warcop to Appleby (6 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor with colleague
Scoped - DRT taken on by Sustrans Rail Paths Ltd
Accesses created, route surfaced (CSRDT), opened for use
 
PCW: Haltwhistle to Featherstone (4 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped - DRT taken on by Sustrans Rail Paths Ltd
Accesses created, route surfaced (CSRDT), opened for use
 
PCW: Powburn to Wooler (9 miles)
1998/9
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives
 
PCW: Wooler to Bendor (3 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives
 
PCW: East of Norham (2 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives
 
RCR: Darras Hall to Lime House road (1 mile)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped – encouraged to be upgraded to bridleway
 
W2W: Soulby / Kirkby Stephen west (2 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives
 
W2W: East of Kirkby Stephen (2 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives
One landowner approached in 2012 with nil result
 
W2W: Lartington to west of Barnard Castle (2 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DRT not taken on due to better alternatives & landowner uncooperative – still monitored
 
W2W: Barnard Castle to Bishop Auckland (9 miles)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but DCC chose not to improve due to cost - ongoing
 
W2W: Newton Viaduct NE of Durham City (1 mile)
1998
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped but landowner uncooperative – still monitored
 
W2W: to High Pittington (3 miles)
1998
(2001) Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor(2011)
Scoped but 1 landowner uncooperative – monitored & ongoing
 
OTHER: Mickleton to Cotherstone (2 miles)
1999
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Reviewed for DCC
 
Westlinton to south of Longtown
1999
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Feasibility, access negotiated and / or land bought (5 owners), track built (CSRDT) with volunteers incl 2 x 25m section bridge
 
Lord Carlisle Railway (Hallbankgate / Lambley (9 miles)
1999
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
26 landowners / 21 agreed to lease or sell land - opened
 
DRT north of Fontburn (Duke of Northumberland tenanted farms)
2000
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Initial contact made with tenant farmers with Ducal permission to ascertain level of support but no funding available
 
West of Alnwick (Duke of Northumberland owned)
2000
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped with Duke’s land agent – supportive but no funding
 
East of Rothbury (Duke of Northumberland owned)
2000
Sustrans Regional Route Surveyor
Scoped with Duke’s land agent – supportive but no funding
 
Preparation of 3 Co Durham CR maps (50 miles)
2000
Commissioned
All Co Durham DRTs were reviewed & incorporated into loops
 
Review of East Durham DRT for DCC (9 miles)
2001
Commissioned
Report commissioned by DCC
 
DRT / Ulverston for Greenways project (2 miles)
2001
Commissioned
Scoped but main landowner uncooperative
 
DRT west of Beverley
2001
Commissioned
Reviewed and recommendations provided to the client (NYCC)
 
Dandy Line (link DRT to Brampton)
2001
Commissioned
Reviewed and recommendations provided to the client (HWTP)
 
English Regions Cycling Development Team – 30 month contract funded by DfT assessing all cycling provision in 13 local authorities incl DRTs
2002 - 2004
ERCDT
Contract required all LA DRTs to be audited and scored with recs made where applicable
 
Review of all CRs in Northumberland incl DRTs
2005
Commissioned
Report commissioned by NCC
 
Skipton to Kirkby Lonsdale (15 miles)
2006
Independent
Scoped but feasibility won by a competitor
 
DRT Lincoln south (6 miles)
2007
Commissioned
Feasibility with colleague – route now open
 
DRT Wooler to Bendor (3 miles)
2007
Commissioned
Scoping / feasibility for cycling hubs study – not progressed
 
DRT Hartlepool / route on rim of live formation (1 mile)
2008
Commissioned
Feasibility – funding withdrawn
 
DRT Chatton to Hexham in sections
2008
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid
 
DRT Cambo to Middleton (1.5 miles)
2009
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid – on-going
 
DRTs east of Alnwick (2 miles)
2010
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid – on-going
 
DRT West Woodburn to Redesmouth (2 miles)
2010
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid for Sandstone Way
 
DRT / Leamside Line north of Durham City (4 miles)
2011
Commissioned
Scoped for West Rainton & Leamside cycle hub study
 
DRT Aysgarth to Garsdale Head (15 miles)
2011
Independent
Scoping in advance of being commissioned but project delayed
 
DRT Rothbury (1.5 miles)
2011
Commissioned
Feasibility completed for Natural England (HLS bid)
 
DRT Acomb / part success
2012
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid - ongoing
 
DRTs Edlingham (2 miles)
2013
Independent
Scoping in advance of Rails to Trails bid - ongoing
 
DRT Wannie Line Greenway (west section)
2017
Appraiser
Scoping 16.2 km of disused Wannie Line to convert to Greenway
 
DRT Aln Valley Greenway
2018
Advisor
Advice on 3.4 km Greenway next to single track
 
DRT Waverley Line
2019
Appraiser
Scoping Study of 16 km of DRT line north of Newcastleton
 
DRT Lord Carlisle Railway Greenway
2019
Appraiser
Scoping Study of 6.9 km of disused railway track
 
Wannie Line Greenway (central section)
2019
Appraiser
Scoping 16.2 km of disused Wannie Line for shared use access
 
 

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Ted Liddle

Cycle Tourism & Greenway Development specialist

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