Well hidden in the main Dunedin city area is a wonderful example of Victorian infrastructure, sadly unable to be used.  Yet this overlooked, and now gated-off, old rail tunnel fits perfectly into the city's vision of extended walkways and cycleways within its Transportation Strategy and Cycling Strategy, as well as being recognised as a Heritage structure.

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Location map

These pages present information on the tunnel, possibilities for its use, and the opportunity to provide your input into this and suggest the best use of it to the Dunedin City Council.

While opening the old Caversham tunnel is Stage One, the Southern Cycleway Working Party is also looking ahead to the cycleway out to Wingatui. An option there is to follow the existing rail line between the two tunnels.  This is still subject to investigation and negotiation with Kiwirail. Councillor Jinty MacTavish recently went along the rail line with KiwiRail to look at the possibilities.  Here's a youtube clip of the trip.

The Dunedin City Council has decided to include $100,000 in the 2011-12 Annual Plan for development of the old Caversham Tunnel. A recent gas study within the tunnel will now have to be repeated.  More details on the Current Progress page.

Brief mention and video clip on TV3

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Thank you to the nearly 600 people who took the time to fill in the 2008 survey. A PDF of the results is available.