Government grant for town cycle scheme

Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .
Wakefield town hall, dept leader Denise Jeffery .

A safer cycle scheme in Castleford has been given a boost after receiving a £65,000 government grant as part of a national scheme.

The Department for Transport’s cycle safety fund is dishing out £40m nationally to improve dangerous routes and junctions.

In Castleford the £900,000 scheme will provide a cycle lane in both directions from Lock Lane to New Fryston on Wheldon Road, as well as creating off-road cycle links and aims to encourage cycling in quieter residential areas.

It will also mean a new, safer layout for the Lock Lane/Aire Street junction, with toucan crossings. The remaining £835,000 cost of the scheme will be funded locally.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I’m delighted that our bid was successful, this funding is great news for cyclists and once complete will hopefully encourage more people to jump on a bike. The successful bid reinforces our commitment to encourage cycling.

“We hope for work to start this summer and estimate it will be complete by spring 2014.

“This route was chosen as we felt this was an area where safety could be improved for cyclists.”

Coun Yvonne Crewe, Metro’s Wakefield district spokeswoman, said: “This is good news for cyclists in Castleford, who will benefit from a safer riding environment, which will in term encourage more people out on bikes, in line with our aims.”