New Castleford to Wakefield Greenway plan
14 September 2015
Senior Wakefield councillors are to discuss plans for a new cycling and walking route to link Castleford to Wakefield.
The project would be funded by a £2.9 million City Connect grant.
Councillors meeting on September 22 are being recommended to agree funding for the canal and riverside path project.
The Castleford to Wakefield Greenway scheme is part of a regional-wide scheme to develop high quality cycling routes in West Yorkshire and the City of York. It would link Castleford to Wakefield, via Normanton, and would also link to the Castleford Greenway and the Trans Pennine Trail at Methley Junction.
Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: “This is an exciting project which would provide people living between Wakefield and Castleford with additional opportunities to cycle and walk beside the water, either for leisure or to commute to and from work.”
The proposal would include surfacing the path between Methley Bridge and Castleford to Fairies Lock, providing improved access across the River Calder just East of Wakefield and widening the path from the Washlands to Chantry Bridge.
If councillors approve the plan then the grant funded project would be added to the Council’s capital programme.
The project would also support the council’s plans to promote health and wellbeing as well as creating a better environment