Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans: Wakefield

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wakefield Council are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans for West Yorkshire.

Have your say: 2 – 25 September 2019


What is the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield?

In 2017 the Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (available online – click here to view it), which was accompanied by guidance for local authorities on ways to identify improvements for cycling and walking improvements, through the development of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans – known as “LCWIPs”.

More background information on LCWIPs can be found in the full document of the draft phase one LCWIP for Wakefield.


Why are we developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield?

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are being developed to help enable funding to be secured to construct all the improvements identified through this work. Although there is currently no guaranteed funding for the improvements in this draft phase one LCWIP, having a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan in place will help us decide what improvements to make and will help us make the case to Government for future investment in walking and cycling in Wakefield.


How are we developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategies?

We are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans for Wakefield alongside each of the other constituent areas within West Yorkshire. Our approach follows government guidance, and builds on work to identify networks for walking and cycling already carried out by partners in the region.

A lot of work is needed to create a comprehensive Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan that covers all the urban and rural areas of Wakefield district and several phases of development are envisaged. The work underway now should be seen as the first phase of a longer term development process.

For this first phase of work, specific areas of focus were selected for walking and cycling based on a number of factors. Phase one of the LCWIP for Wakefield includes plans to improve walking into Wakefield city centre from the north and east, and plans to improve cycling provision into Wakefield city centre from the north and south.

For walking, Wakefield city centre was chosen as a focus area, in particular on journeys into the walking zone from the East Moor community to the east and Pinderfields Hospital. A particular issue that improvements to the walking environment could address is severance of communities to the north east of Wakefield by the A61 which acts as a ring road/bypass around the city centre.

A walking network map has been developed for Wakefield city and a programme of improvements for walking into Wakefield city centre from the north and east has been identified.

For cycling, routes into Wakefield city centre from the north and the south. In particular were chosen as areas of focus, to consider the traffic pinchpoints created by bridges over the river Calder for traffic from the Five Towns and south Wakefield.

To the north of Wakefield, there are proposals for a housing development at Snow Hill which could provide an opportunity to provide high quality cycling infrastructure to connect a new community, as well as a potential funding source for improvements identified by the LCWIP.

A network map of desire lines for cycling has been created, and the desire lines identified were then prioritised to identify which route should be assessed in more detail as part of this phase of work. Two routes have been assessed in more detail –Wakefield city centre to Newton Bar, and Wakefield city centre to Sandal and Agbrigg.

More information on the development process is provided in the full document of the draft phase one LCWIP for Wakefield, available to download by clicking here.


Have your say:

We would really welcome your views on our plans for walking and cycling contained in this draft phase one Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield. Both the full document and a summary version can be downloaded using the links below:


You can have your say in the following ways:

Via our survey: Complete our survey using the link below

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)



These surveys will be open for contributions, and comments accepted by email or by post until Wednesday 25 September 2019.


The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wakefield Council are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans for West Yorkshire.

Have your say: 2 – 25 September 2019


What is the draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield?

In 2017 the Government published its first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (available online – click here to view it), which was accompanied by guidance for local authorities on ways to identify improvements for cycling and walking improvements, through the development of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans – known as “LCWIPs”.

More background information on LCWIPs can be found in the full document of the draft phase one LCWIP for Wakefield.


Why are we developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield?

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are being developed to help enable funding to be secured to construct all the improvements identified through this work. Although there is currently no guaranteed funding for the improvements in this draft phase one LCWIP, having a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan in place will help us decide what improvements to make and will help us make the case to Government for future investment in walking and cycling in Wakefield.


How are we developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Strategies?

We are developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans for Wakefield alongside each of the other constituent areas within West Yorkshire. Our approach follows government guidance, and builds on work to identify networks for walking and cycling already carried out by partners in the region.

A lot of work is needed to create a comprehensive Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan that covers all the urban and rural areas of Wakefield district and several phases of development are envisaged. The work underway now should be seen as the first phase of a longer term development process.

For this first phase of work, specific areas of focus were selected for walking and cycling based on a number of factors. Phase one of the LCWIP for Wakefield includes plans to improve walking into Wakefield city centre from the north and east, and plans to improve cycling provision into Wakefield city centre from the north and south.

For walking, Wakefield city centre was chosen as a focus area, in particular on journeys into the walking zone from the East Moor community to the east and Pinderfields Hospital. A particular issue that improvements to the walking environment could address is severance of communities to the north east of Wakefield by the A61 which acts as a ring road/bypass around the city centre.

A walking network map has been developed for Wakefield city and a programme of improvements for walking into Wakefield city centre from the north and east has been identified.

For cycling, routes into Wakefield city centre from the north and the south. In particular were chosen as areas of focus, to consider the traffic pinchpoints created by bridges over the river Calder for traffic from the Five Towns and south Wakefield.

To the north of Wakefield, there are proposals for a housing development at Snow Hill which could provide an opportunity to provide high quality cycling infrastructure to connect a new community, as well as a potential funding source for improvements identified by the LCWIP.

A network map of desire lines for cycling has been created, and the desire lines identified were then prioritised to identify which route should be assessed in more detail as part of this phase of work. Two routes have been assessed in more detail –Wakefield city centre to Newton Bar, and Wakefield city centre to Sandal and Agbrigg.

More information on the development process is provided in the full document of the draft phase one LCWIP for Wakefield, available to download by clicking here.


Have your say:

We would really welcome your views on our plans for walking and cycling contained in this draft phase one Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Wakefield. Both the full document and a summary version can be downloaded using the links below:


You can have your say in the following ways:

Via our survey: Complete our survey using the link below

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)



These surveys will be open for contributions, and comments accepted by email or by post until Wednesday 25 September 2019.


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