New cycleway to connect Pontefract and Knottingley

​Date: 8/12/2015

PR ref: 6126

Councillors in Wakefield are being asked to approve plans for a new cycleway between Pontefract to Knottingley connecting residential areas with work places, railway stations and shops.


Wakefield Council’s Cabinet meeting on December 15 is being asked to approve using the underspend from the Pontefract Northern Link Road Scheme and other funding to pay for the 8-kilometre route.


If the project is approved, the plans for the cycleway will be subject to a public consultation.


Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Highways, said creating more opportunities for cycling boosted personal fitness, helped eased congestion on the roads and reduced local levels of pollution.


“This new cycleway will link two centres in the district, encourage people to cycle to work more and to enjoy our local countryside. The improvements will also allow easier access to Knottingley or Pontefract railways stations to travel further afield. Monkhill Station will also benefit from improvements through a scheme to be delivered by the Combined Authority


“There was an underspend on the Link Road scheme and the Department for Transport agreed that we could use this money for the cycle route and I think this is an excellent way of using it and to show that, as well as investing in big infrastructure like roads, we are also investing in modes of transport which will benefit health and the environment.”


The proposed route will link major regeneration areas in both Pontefract and Knottingley, including new houses being built at the Pontefract Prince of Wales site.
It will also run along parts of the Aire and Calder Navigation and, where possible and cost effective, the cycleway will incorporate street furniture, seating and landscaping.