Consultation on Castleford to Wakefield cycle path underway

Consultation on a new, fully-surfaced cycle path from Castleford to Wakefield, alongside the River Calder is underway.

Consultation on a new, fully-surfaced cycle path from Castleford to Wakefield, alongside the River Calder, has now closed.

The new cycle route would provide a safe link for people cycling to and from work and making leisure journeys by bike. It would also provide a connection to the Castleford Greenway, built in 2014, and the national coast to coast Trans-Pennine Trail at Methley Junction.

You can find out more about the planned scheme on the Cycle City Connect website (opens in new window).�

Public consultation events took place on Monday 25 July at Castleford Swimming Pool from 5pm to 7pm and on Thursday 28 July at Castleford Library from 10am to 2pm. People were invited to come along and provide their feedback on the proposals. Residents on the route received letters a letter and leaflet showing the changes in their area.

The consultation closed on Friday 29 July.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s Transport Committee said: �West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the LEP and our partners are committed to developing an integrated �Metro-style� transport network and cycling will be a key element of that network.

�Just last week we opened the first stage of the north�s first cycle superhighway, linking Bradford and Leeds and I would urge people to get involved in this consultation on this planned route linking Castleford and Wakefield along the River Calder.�

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: �I would encourage people to take part in this consultation and have their say on the new route which could provide a new safe and pleasant journey for cyclists and walkers between Castleford and Wakefield.�

Information about the proposed scheme can be found on the CityConnect website (opens in new window).

The Wakefield to Castleford Greenway scheme would form part of Phase 2 of the CityConnect Programme, which is the result of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the West Yorkshire District Councils successfully securing �22m of funding in the second round of the Department for Transport�s Cycle City Ambition Fund.