The Anthropocene project- MA spatial project by Geoffrey Whittaker

  1. Critical research
  2. Off site research
  3. On site research
  4. Image galleries

The critical research part of this project looks at the Anthropocene, what is it and some of the issues regarding human impact on the biosphere. Reduction of carbon emissions is the main aim of Sustrans. This organisation and its operations are examined in the following sections.

The current re-use of  closed railway routes and infrastructure by Sustrans and others is the main focus of this site. The scope is limited to two routes in East Lancashire as set out below.

Martholme viaduct
Martholme viaduct

It will be a study of the complex relationship  between all the stakeholders when closed rail routes are re- imagined as cycle ways and footpaths. It will also be a showcase of documentary based photography.

There are three sections of 2000 words each, Critical research, off site research and on site research . Other material will be added in individual posts and linked in to the main texts.

Blocked access to Martholme viaduc
Blocked access to Martholme viaduc

The environmental impact as well as sociological and historical aspects are examined.


Two lines are studied, the line from Ramsbottom to Accrington, as a cycle route that is going ahead and the Great Harwood loop line that has long been held up due to local concerns about bad behaviour with regards to an adjacent caravan park.

The notorious caravan site and Martholme viaduct
The notorious caravan site and Martholme viaduct

There are also galleries showing the research photographs from each area.

A video is used to show the ex rail route from the centre of Accrington to the end of the Hyndburn Greenway, at Baxenden. This gives some context to the overall position of the line in the environment.

Image galleries are available showing some of the research photography

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