An abandoned Victorian viaduct could be transformed into a tourist attraction through proposals to turn it into a park in the sky.

The Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan sets out proposals to turn the Duddeston Viaduct in Digbeth into a “skypark” which would encourage tourists and improve flow to and from Digbeth.

The proposals are for an attraction similar to New York’s High Line, a little-known, long-abandoned elevated railroad that spans Manhattan and has been transformed into a public park and playground.

A council spokesman said: “The unused Duddeston Viaduct has great potential to create a new green spine through Digbeth, connecting neighbourhoods and creating an exciting resident and visitor experience.

“The high-level route could be imaginatively landscaped with walkways, public art and feature lighting to create an attractive green link for Digbeth.

“The 165 year old 1,300ft long blue-brick structure sweeps above the roofs and streets providing a dramatic visitor attraction with long distance views of the City Centre Core skyline, and connecting High Street Bordesley with the open space at Banbury Wharf and other developments alongside.”

 

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