Owners: The viaduct is owned by Railway Paths Limited (RPL), a sister charity to Sustrans, the national walking and cycling charity. The Friends Group is working in partnership with the owners, RPL, to restore and reopen the viaduct.
Community Group: The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct ( FoBV) is an active and thriving community group which has the vision to create an inspirational green space with the viaduct as its centrepiece. (link vision doc)
Key Financial Backers. The Railway Heritage Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England are the key financial backers of the project along with the HB Allen Charitable Trust, Charles Hayward Foundation, Broxtowe Borough Council, Pilgrim Trust and Railway Ramblers. Our gratitude is expressed to all financial backers. In addition many other groups and businesses have financially supported the FoBV to bring the viaduct back into use. (link FoBV section)
Other Stakeholders: Other key stakeholders are the Canals and Rivers Trust (the viaduct will connect the Nottingham and Erewash Canals) and the Environment Agency. Erewash and Broxtowe Borough Councils, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils and Awsworth Parish Council have all expressed support. Local MPs have given the project their backing. Adjacent landowners Harworth Estates support the plans to reopen the viaduct.
Special Interest Groups and businesses The campaign to save the viaduct from demolition has been ongoing since 1970. The Arkwright Society and the Association for Industrial Archaeology have been active in this campaign. A wide range of special interest groups currently support the project to restore and reopen the viaduct. These include: historical groups, railway groups, engineering groups, local access groups, wildlife groups, cyclists and ramblers. Many local businesses have also supported the initiative.