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Greenway cycle route between Ossett and Dewsbury to open

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A scenic new route for cyclists and walkers using a former railway tunnel will be officially opened next Sunday.

The Ossett to Dewsbury Greenway provides a traffic-free route without the steep hills of other highway routes.

It takes people from Ossett town centre, through the Runtlings area and along a dismantled railway into Dewsbury.

A 14-mile ride from Ossett Cricket and Athletic Club, on Dimple Wells Road, using parts of the new greenway will mark the opening.

Richard Hancock, of the Calder Clarion cycling club which meets in Ossett, said: “The link provides a free, scenic route on good surfaces all the way from Wakefield to Bradford or Huddersfield. For our club, itwill provide a means of returning to Wakefield via a quieter, safer route.

“For our steady semi-off road and quiet lane weekly rides, the link allows us to increase our repertoire of routes through to the Spen Valley Greenway.”

Wakefield and Kirklees Councils worked collaboratively on the project, using a grant of £437,000 from the Department for Transport.

Work has been carried out over the past 12 months to upgrade the quality of the paths, make a continuous route and help to encourage more people to use their bikes.

Coun Angela Taylor said it was a good investment for the town.

She said: “It’s a great facility which will get people on their bikes rather than just in their cars.

“It’s also just a lovely route to walk down.”

The greenway is part of a national project run by Sustrans to encourage walking and cycling on everyday journeys, and planning for the route began in 2010.

Work on the greenway has been taking place in Ossett since last summer.

Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth Denise Jeffery said the route was now open but still needed some finishing touches.

She said: “We are continuing to work with partners to provide cycling opportunities across the district as part of our cycling legacy.

“With the completion of the Ossett to Dewsbury Greenway, our Skyride programme and many more planned activities and rides, we hope to encourage more people to jump on a bike and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Motor vehicles and motorbikes will not be allowed to use the route, and cyclists will still not be able to ride their bikes on Ossett precinct.

The ride next Sunday will start at 10am.

To book a place on the ride or find other rides, visit www.goskyride.com

 

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