Queensbury Tunnel

Supporting Queensbury Tunnel – Cycle Route

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Supporting Queensbury Tunnel

If you weren’t already aware Queensbury is hoping to create one of the longest cycle routes in the whole of the UK. This is being currently supported by local Councillor Andrew Senior, Graeme Bickerdike – Senior Partner, Four by Three, and Norah McWilliam.

Gary Brown – Rotorgraph, Andrew Senior – Councillor & Carlos Conwaz – Local Drone Enthusiast


At a cost of £3m to fill in the tunnel, Graeme Bickerdike, said: “Is it sensible to take £3m of taxpayers money, convert it into concrete, and pour it into a black hole? Or do you use that money and invest it into transforming this structure into an asset that can be used to generate money?”

Sustrans has calculated that using the tunnel for recreation would boost the local economy by almost £40m over the next 30 years.

You can help by simply signing this petition and getting the much needed votes to keep it open as a cycle route. Not only will this help improve the health of our local community, but it will also bring much needed tourism to our area which in turn will help boost the local economy.

Rotorgraph used DJI Mavic Pro to capture aerial footage

Finally to find out more about the costs and logistics behind bringing this to life, here is a short clip of Graeme Bickerdike reflecting on the struggles faced in getting to where we are currently.


Credit to Andrew Senior for all his ongoing efforts, Ian “P13” Hudson for editing the video and also Carlos Conwaz for local support from Queensbury Drone Flying Group 


Bradford is Flying High

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Putting Bradford on the Map

In conjunction with the Nesta Flying High Team – Bradford have managed to become one of only 4 cities in the UK – alongside London, Preston, Southampton and 1 region (The West Midlands). to be picked for a very exciting project that is the very first of its kind. From the beginning of February 2018 until June 2018 Bradford Councillor – Alex Ross-Shaw, alongside West Yorkshire Police, Bradford University and the major spearhead behind pushing for Bradford – Ian Hudson – UAVHIVE will work together to think up new groundbreaking new ways of putting drones to the very best of their capabilities. 

Queensbury Tunnel – Gary Brown – Rotorgraph & Andrew Senior Queensbury Councillor wearing DJI Goggles



Some of the future uses of a drone

Some key uses in the last few years have been around Aerial Photography, Aerial Videography, Mapping both 2D & 3D models of both land and buildings. However there is so much more uses for this technology, which is why this project has been put together to get like minded individuals who are interested in this technology, and will work in partnership to come up with more roles for the drone to play. 

As illustrated above a small drone “DJI Mavic” was used to help a local campaign in Queensbury, Bradford backed by local Councillor – Andrew Senior to open up an old disused Railway Tunnel as a Cycle Route – this would make it one of the longest tunnels used for such a purpose in the UK. Rotorgraph are extremely pleased to be able to highlight this project by providing both Video & Aerial Photography of the site for both local residents to get behind and also help in promoting this project on both a local and national platform. 


Other key areas we see Drones coming in to their own will be around delivery of medicine, defibrillators, & blood. The fire service can also use drones to get a much safer view of a roaring fire from above whilst radioing to firefighters on the ground to move strategically to best place to put out a fire much quicker. Police will use them more for getting photographs of Road Traffic Accidents and in the aid of capturing criminals on the run. 

The great thing about drones is that they’re only getting smaller and smaller making them much safer whilst bringing together new technology such as Infrared and higher quality 4K footage.

Finally if you want to learn more about Bradford bid and the Nesta Flying High Challenge please check out a radio interview by BCB Radio in Bradford with Ian Hudson from UAVHIVE