Massive Boost for Cycling Infrastructure in Calderdale

Earlier this year we reported here on the bid that was being made to the Government for funds to support a major scheme of cycling infrastructure in West Yorkshire, following on from the Cycling “Superhighway” between Bradford and Leeds. The earlier article referred to efforts to ensure that the West Yorkshire districts of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield benefitted from this funding; and outlined the local schemes that had been included in the bid. These included proposals to bridge the “missing link” between the end of the Calderdale traffic free cycle network at Anchor Pit (Brighouse) and the Kirklees cycle network at Cooper Bridge. Also the upgrading of the canal towpath between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden, parts of which are in no fit state for a bike or a pram.

It was announced today (2nd March 2015) that the bid for funds had been successful. Full details can be found on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website but the key passage of the press release reads:-

In Kirklees, high quality segregated cycle routes in Huddersfield Town Centre, a key centre for employment and training opportunities, will be connected to the Strategic Employment Area of Cooper Bridge and on the Upper Calder Valley towpath to Calderdale towns and communities such as Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Elland, Brighouse and Todmorden

This money will be spent over the next three years. It is encouraging that the Combined Authority have made it clear that they will consult with local cyclists and others over the implementation of the project, as they have done recently with the Bradford / Leeds cycling “Superhighway”– known as City Connect 1 . Councillor James Lewis of the Combined Authority said today :-

“We have spoken to many local residents and businesses along the route of CityConnect1 to ensure we are getting the project right and we will carry out a similar programme, including local events, in the development of CityConnect2 to ensure it we develop routes with the greatest potential to generate growth in cycling,”

Further updates on the implementation of this important project will be given as soon as they are available. Watch this space !!