Green light for cycle highway project

Canal tow paths, park of a great cycling trail around Brighouse
Canal tow paths, park of a great cycling trail around Brighouse

Funding has been granted to create a cycle highway through Brighouse linking the upper Calder Valley to Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has confirmed that its application to the Department for Transport (DfT) for £22.1m for cycling schemes in the Leeds City Region has been successful.

Cycling and walking are important elements of the transport network and are key to providing people with links to employment and training opportunities. - Coun Peter Box

The amount will also be matched through local funding sources, taking the total allocation to £30 million in the next three years for CityConnect 2.

Plans include high quality segregated cycle routes connecting the Strategic Employment Area of Cooper Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley towpath to Calderdale towns and communities such as Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Todmorden.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority Chairman, Coun Peter Box, said: “Cycling and walking are important elements of the transport network and are key to providing people with links to employment and training opportunities.

“CityConnect 2 will enable WYCA to deliver transformational cycle infrastructure schemes in Bradford, Calderdale, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield and York, connecting to key employment and regeneration sites.”