Residents and local businesses are invited to contribute their opinions on a comprehensive plan aimed at enhancing accessibility and efficiency in Castleford, facilitating smoother commutes and improved connectivity throughout the town.

Scheduled to span from Savile Road to Wheldon Road, the scheme primarily focuses on enhancing the linkage between Fryston, Airedale, and the Castleford town centre. The public consultation period for sharing views is set to run from January 15 to February 12, 2024.

A key feature of the plan involves the construction of a new bridge to heighten safety for individuals crossing the railway, especially those on foot or bicycles. The current bridge lacks a footpath and marked cycle lane, prompting the need for an upgrade.

The initiative also includes the establishment of a secure route for pedestrians and cyclists between Castleford and Ferry Fryston. This will be facilitated by a new two-way cycle lane and a shared-use path, seamlessly integrating with the Castleford Greenway cycle route.

Further components of the plan encompass the introduction of new crossings, strategically designed to expedite journeys, enhance safety for walkers and cyclists, and forge secure links from Castleford’s centre to the proposed Riverside green space developments.

Moreover, the anticipated outcomes of the scheme extend beyond transportation improvements, with an expected boost to economic growth. The project is set to contribute to the creation of 2,000 new job opportunities and the development of 3,500 new homes on the former industrial land along Wheldon Road.

The collaborative effort involves Wakefield Council partnering with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, aligning with the goals of the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement and the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund. These funding sources are dedicated to reducing carbon emissions from transport and fostering regional growth and productivity.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “This scheme will bring long-term improvements to Castleford, making it easier for people to walk and cycle around the town, as well as helping to provide thousands of new jobs and houses.

“I’d urge everyone to have their say on these latest proposals, which will help us build a better-connected region for all.”

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Planning and Highways said; ““We want to give people opportunities to walk and cycle as much as possible and to do this we need to make it safe and efficient for them to do so.

“There are so many benefits for people’s health and wellbeing, and it reduces traffic and congestion on our roads.”

To participate in the consultation, residents can pose questions and share their views by completing a survey at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/Castleford, sending an email to yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk, or calling 0113 245 7676. The survey period opens on January 15 and concludes on February 12, 2024.

Additionally, drop-in events will be hosted at Unit 7 Castleford Market on Monday, January 15 (9 am – 1 pm), Friday, January 19 (11 am – 1 pm), and Saturday, January 27 (10 am – 2 pm).