The campaign to open up the Queensbury Tunnel as a cycleway between Halifax and Bradford is a few steps closer to becoming a reality.
The project was referenced by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Robert Goodwill MP as having great potential.
He said: “I think there is the potential to put even more lost railways back into use as dedicated cycleways - I know the Queensbury tunnel is one potential option.
“Where there is the demand, and the value-for-money case can be made, it should be possible to bring them back to life.”
The tunnel is owned by the Highways Agency which has agreed to drain the flooded tunnel and make a full assessment of the viability of the project once the water has been cleared.
Norah McWilliam of the Queensbury Community Heritage Partnership said: “There’s still a long way to go, but we feel that the whole thing is becoming more real.
“What we need to do is increase the political pressure on the Highways Agency to see the tunnel as an asset and not as a burden.”
The Queensbury Community Heritage Partnership is holding a public meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury, on Thursday, May 15, at 7pm, to discuss plans to transform Black Dyke Mills into a heritage centre.