Castleford Greenway - Methley Junction link to NCN Route 67

Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is delivering improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region.

Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to improve and encourage more people to make more every day journeys by bike or on foot.

To deliver a wide range of transport improvements the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is seeking £12 m funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.


Greenway Development around Castleford

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wakefield Council have been working in partnership to create a network of greenways around the Castleford area, which will create a 16km route by providing missing links in existing infrastructure.

Castleford to Wakefield Greenway

The first phase of this project provide a missing link of a 2 km stretch between Fairies Hill Lock and Methley Bridge in Castleford, was completed in March 2018.

The next phase of this project is currently being delivered in partnership with Sustrans, the UK’s cycling and walking charity, and will create a traffic-free route across the River Calder linking the communities of Castleford and Methley. This project will also see the creation of a new bridge for people travelling by bike or on foot across the Hallam Line. This phase of works is due to be complete in summer 2019. For more details on this project visit the CityConnect website.

Castleford Greenway – Methley Junction link to NCN Route 67

The next phase of the Castleford Greenway will be a 1.3 km stretch of traffic free route and will link the existing National Cycle Network route 67 with Methley Junction.

  • The new stretch of route will be a 3 m wide shared use path for people travelling by bike or on foot.
  • The route will make use of the old Methley Railway line. It will connect the new Castleford to Wakefield Greenway by the River Calder with the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Network to Bottom Boat, providing a key missing link for Leeds and Wakefield.
  • On the A639, the road will be narrowed to one lane and the pavements on both sides widened to provide shared use paths.
  • There will be improvements for people travelling on foot with the installation of a signalised crossing. These changes will affect the Watergate junction with the A639 Barnsdale Road.


Public Engagement

Due to the UK’s involvement in the European elections on Thursday 23 May, the purdah period we are currently restricted by will be extended until Friday 24 May.

As a result of this extension, the engagement on the proposals for the Castleford to Wakefield Greenway has been temporarily suspended.

The engagement will continue after the purdah period ends but please be assured that all responses and views provided to date will be taken into consideration as part of the engagement analysis.

The public engagement session planned for Wednesday 8 May has now been cancelled but will be rescheduled when the engagement reopens. We will be informing local residents about the details of this event once they have been established.

If you have any queries please email cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or call 0113 348 1739.

Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is delivering improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region.

Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to improve and encourage more people to make more every day journeys by bike or on foot.

To deliver a wide range of transport improvements the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is seeking £12 m funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.


Greenway Development around Castleford

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Wakefield Council have been working in partnership to create a network of greenways around the Castleford area, which will create a 16km route by providing missing links in existing infrastructure.

Castleford to Wakefield Greenway

The first phase of this project provide a missing link of a 2 km stretch between Fairies Hill Lock and Methley Bridge in Castleford, was completed in March 2018.

The next phase of this project is currently being delivered in partnership with Sustrans, the UK’s cycling and walking charity, and will create a traffic-free route across the River Calder linking the communities of Castleford and Methley. This project will also see the creation of a new bridge for people travelling by bike or on foot across the Hallam Line. This phase of works is due to be complete in summer 2019. For more details on this project visit the CityConnect website.

Castleford Greenway – Methley Junction link to NCN Route 67

The next phase of the Castleford Greenway will be a 1.3 km stretch of traffic free route and will link the existing National Cycle Network route 67 with Methley Junction.

  • The new stretch of route will be a 3 m wide shared use path for people travelling by bike or on foot.
  • The route will make use of the old Methley Railway line. It will connect the new Castleford to Wakefield Greenway by the River Calder with the Trans Pennine Trail and National Cycle Network to Bottom Boat, providing a key missing link for Leeds and Wakefield.
  • On the A639, the road will be narrowed to one lane and the pavements on both sides widened to provide shared use paths.
  • There will be improvements for people travelling on foot with the installation of a signalised crossing. These changes will affect the Watergate junction with the A639 Barnsdale Road.


Public Engagement

Due to the UK’s involvement in the European elections on Thursday 23 May, the purdah period we are currently restricted by will be extended until Friday 24 May.

As a result of this extension, the engagement on the proposals for the Castleford to Wakefield Greenway has been temporarily suspended.

The engagement will continue after the purdah period ends but please be assured that all responses and views provided to date will be taken into consideration as part of the engagement analysis.

The public engagement session planned for Wednesday 8 May has now been cancelled but will be rescheduled when the engagement reopens. We will be informing local residents about the details of this event once they have been established.

If you have any queries please email cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or call 0113 348 1739.