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Castleford to Wakefield Greenway

The Castleford to Wakefield Greenway project will deliver a fully surfaced cycle path from Castleford to Wakefield alongside the River Calder.

This map has been produced as part of the consultation for Phase 1 of this project. The map illustrates the route the path will take and highlights some key sections where the design and route choice are explained.

More information about this project and planned future projects can be found below the map.


Combined photomontages

Phase 1 (Riverside Path)

The new cycle route will be developed from Methley Bridge, Castleford along the River Calder to Fairies Hill Lock, near to the Whitwood Readymix Plant off Express Way, Whitwood. The path will link the current cycle routes from Navigation Point (the former Lambsons site) to Methley Bridge, and Fairies Hill Lock to the Trans Pennine Trail and Wakefield Eastern Relief Road at Wakefield. 

What Next?

The subsequent phases of this project are detailed below, they aim
 to develop links to the Castleford Greenway and the Trans Pennine Trail. These phases are being developed and shaped through the CityConnect programme, further assessment will then be undertaken, taking into consideration the programme’s objectives and ambition, to decide if they can be taken forward for delivery.

Phase 2

Would extend the Castleford Greenway over a new bridge across the Hallam Line (Leeds – Castleford – Normanton) on the west side of Castleford, providing a link to the Riverside path (Phase 1) and on to Methley Junction where it will link to the Trans Pennine Trail towards Wakefield and eventually, Leeds. This phase is subject to further funding.

Phase 3

Would improve the riverside path from Ashfields (near the old Wakefield Power Station site) to Chantry Bridge, Wakefield. This phase is subject to further funding.

August 2016 – What is happening now?

Before building the new route, between 4th July and 29th July, the public were invited to make comments on the proposals. Two public consultation sessions, one at Castleford Swimming Pool and one at Castleford Library. Comments could also be left online on the above map. The feedback and opinions collected have been collated into a report which will allow scheme’s designers to amend the plans if appropriate. The report will then be presented to the board Wakefield District Council for consideration.

If you missed the public consultation period but would like to provide feedback on the scheme please email

July 2017 – What is happening now?

The results of the public consultation showed local support for the scheme and the the designs have not been changed greatly. The only amend is, based on some further work with the Environment Agency, the extended flood plain works have been reduced to the north east corner of the original works.

Wakefield Council are in the process of appointing a supplier to build Phase 1 of the new route and construction is expected to start later this summer.

Please visit the Documentation page to view the consultation report for this scheme


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