Work on £2.9m cycleway connecting Castleford with Wakefield begins

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Work on the first phase of a £2.9m cycleway connecting Castleford with Wakefield has got underway.

Construction began on site at Whitwood last week, with Coun Keith Wakefield, the chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Transport Committee, and Coun Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, officially breaking the ground.

The first section of the scheme will run for 2km from Methley Bridge, Castleford to Fairies Hill Lock in Whitwood.

It has been funded by the Department for Transport and is being delivered by WYCA’s CityConnect Programme.

Coun Wakefield said: “This project represents an exciting new step for CityConnect, where new green cycle routes are being created, off the highway, where previously none existed. These high quality links will benefit the communities in Castleford, Methley and Wakefield, by expanding the cycle network they can access.”

The Castleford to Wakefield Greenway will extend the existing Castleford Greenway, linking it to Methley Junction, the Transpenine trail to Wakefield and eventually to Leeds.

People will be able to use the route for leisure and work.

Coun Morley said: “The route will connect communities, provide a safe and enjoyable link to employment and training and will give residents and families the opportunity to enjoy their surrounding areas by either getting out on two wheels or by foot.”

Sandy Clark, chair of the Wakefield District Cycling Forum, which has campaigned for the path, added: “When the work is finished it will be a wonderful traffic-free route from the centre of Castleford to the Wakefield Waterfront.”

The final cycle route is expected to open next spring.