Out to Water, Into History offers a safe and attractive green route enabling access to and from Rushden to the River Nene and us Rushden Lakes! Signposting, interpretation boards, a mural and a locally derived “welcome” installation are features included in the project.
33 green train track wayfinding markers were added to the section of the Greenway from Rushden Lakes to Rushden Historical Transport Museum, allowing users of the route to easily find their way from the historic town to the vibrant lakes. Tracks are designed to lead Greenway users from one end to the other, and read differently depending on the direction travelled. If travelling from Rushden Lakes to the town, the tracks read ‘Into History’ and those travelling from Rushden town centre to the Lakes will see ‘Out to Water’. The train tracks are the latest stage in the Out to Water, Into History project which aims to connect Rushden’s heritage with the area’s wildlife, along the green corridor.
Councillor Sarah Peacock, Chair of the Greenway Board said:
“We are delighted to unveil the new train tracks along the Greenway, especially as the design was chosen by users to reflect the history of the Greenway and its connections with the railway.
“As always, we couldn’t complete the Out to Water, Into History project without the help of our wonderful partner organisation Nenescape and funding from the Heritage Lottery.
“Also, this stage of the project certainly wouldn’t have been on the right track without the assistance of Rushden Town Council, alongside the town’s museums and residents.”
Councillor Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council added:
“The Greenway is a great asset to East Northamptonshire and the Out to Water, Into History project is continuously working to improve the area. It is brilliant to see this latest addition to the Greenway, and the project hopes to continue to provide a legacy and develop this wonderful green corridor.”
Amanda Johnson, Project Manager at Nenescape agreed:
“The train tracks are an excellent addition to the Greenway, really highlight the strong links between Rushden and Rushden Lakes and complements our All Aboard for Rushden app. The team behind the Out to Water, Into History project is certainly working hard to improve the Greenway, and with the new train tracks and mural at the Washbrook Tunnel – the hard work is definitely paying off!”
Read more about the Greenway here.