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Go-ahead for reopening of tunnels

Plans to reopen four old railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail in the Derbyshire Peak District have been given the go-ahead.

The Peak Park Authority has approved the project to allow public access to the tunnels for walking, cycling and horse riding.

The tunnels, between Buxton and Bakewell, were closed when the rail route was axed in the late 1960s.

Work on the £3.785m project will start early next year.

It will create a linked rail and cycle route from cities in the North West and Midlands into the National Park.

The council said it would help boost local tourism with cycle-based travel packages.

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The tunnels were closed in the late 1960s



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