Steel security fencing that keeps people off the Waverley Viaduct in Carlisle are to remain on the structure for another year.

The News and Star has reported that British Rail want the fences to stay up in order to preserve the disused viaduct. However, councillors want them taken down so the historical site can be opened to the public.

Waverley Viaduct is a Grade II listed structure and carried the Carlise-Galashiel-Edinburgh railway line until 1969. British Rail put up the fences in 2009 to keep out trespassers.

Labour councillor Hugh McDevitt told the source: "No way is this fencing appropriate. I'm totally against letting it continue."

Over 2,400 people have signed a petition to have the viaduct reopened with the council believing it would provide a link across the Eden from the Cumberland Infirmary to Etterby and Stainton.

When the plans were originally outlined earlier in December there was mass outcry from the local community with one resident commenting that it was a "sad and frustrating situation for so many people in Carlisle".

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