19th October 2023

ATM enhance historic Engine Pit Waggonway

It isn’t every day that you get the chance to enhance a little bit of history, but recently ATM had the opportunity to do just that as part of our Social Value drive.

When we were asked to help clear vegetation and create easier access for pedestrians to the historic Engine Pit Waggonway, we jumped at the opportunity and were very pleased with the result.

Jenny Tindale, Deputy Clerk at East Bedlington Parish Council said:

“On behalf of the Parish Council please accept our sincere appreciation for the work you have undertaken. This has really made a huge difference to the outlook in the woods. The Friends of Furnace Bank community group are equally delighted and hopefully this gesture will encourage more residents to become involved in promoting, preserving, and protecting our natural environment.”

The waggonway was built in 1819 to transport coal from the Engine Pit, near Choppington, to coal staithes on the River Blyth, 30m south of this entrance. It was the first use of the revolutionary new 'malleable' iron rails, forged at the nearby Bedlington Ironworks.

Take a look at our before and after pictures below:



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