Facts and Figures

Requirements for the different forms of transport

Embankment edge
south of Bramley

  1. Rail

    • Rail tracks on a very solid surface
    • Gentle gradient, less than 1 in 80 (1.25%)
    • Estimated required width for rail carriage: 4m, including a margin for bends
    • Estimated safety margin: 1m each side
    • Estimated total width 6m (1 track), 10m (2 track)
    • Good safety margins to adjacent trees
    • Well maintained, including against plant growth
  2. Pedestrian

    • Firm surface, well drained
    • Absolute minimum width: 1m
    • Well maintained clearance to trees and undergrowth
  3. Cycle

    • Firm surface, well drained, no loose gravel
    • Minimum width: 3m, to allow for two adjacent handlebars. Path must be firm for at least 2.5m width
    • Maximum gradient: 1 in 33 (3%) preferred, 1 in 20 (5%) worst case, 1 in 14 (7%) for short distances
    • Well maintained, including against plant growth
    • No steps
  4. Equestrian

    • Firm but not hard surface
    • Good clearance from rail carriages to prevent horses being startled - estimate 3m. This is very uncertain
    • Sufficient route width for cyclists to pass safely - estimate 1.5m clearance needed from horse
    • Estimate minimum width of 2m for horse lead by rider
    • Mounting blocks at stategic points such as bridges
    • No steps
  5. Wheelchair

    • Firm surface, well drained, no loose gravel
    • Minimum width 2m, to allow 2 wheelchairs to pass
    • Very well maintained surface, with no encroaching plant growth
    • Maximum gradient: 1 in 20 (5%)
    • No steps

Requirements for combined route, single rail track

  • Gentle gradient, less than 1.25%
  • Overall width: 11m, if set by estimated equestrian margins
  • Overall width: 9m, if set by cycle margins
  • Well maintained over whole width
  • No steps