An additional £1.25 million of investment is earmarked to enhance cycling and walking opportunities in Castleford. Members of Wakefield’s Cabinet, convening on Tuesday, 7th November, will be asked to accept extra funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). This allocation aims to facilitate the construction of a new bridge that will furnish a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists around the Wheldon Road development within the Castleford Growth Corridor project.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways, said: “We are at the next stage in planning for a new bridge in the town. It will help bring many benefits including increasing opportunities for people to walk and cycle.

“Having these opportunities available will help improve people’s health and wellbeing as well as reducing traffic and congestion on our roads.

“If we accept this investment, it will also support our ambitions to reduce carbon emissions throughout the district.”

Councillors will be requested to approve an extra £577,473 from the City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) for the development of Wheldon Road Bridge, along with an additional £681,000 from the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund. With previously agreed funding for the development of the Castleford Growth Corridor, the total project funding will amount to £3.71 million.

The Castleford Growth Corridor will also complement other enhancements facilitated by regeneration through the Towns Fund Settlement. The proposed cycle/footbridge is the crucial element of infrastructure required to connect the Aire River Growth Corridor along Wheldon Road.

The new bridge has the potential to diminish car journeys to schools and the town centre, as well as to leisure facilities – aligning with the Council’s climate change initiative. The investment will also underpin improvements in bus services to ensure more reliable journey times. Changes will be made in the area to offer improved access to bus stops and enhanced road crossings.

Members of the Cabinet will convene on Tuesday, 7th November at 10:30am to deliberate on this report. The meeting can be viewed either live or at a later time on the Council’s website.