Sustrans kicks off 40th anniversary celebrations with Skelton Bridge opening

Cyclists and walkers crowd the new Skelton Bridge to mark the start of Sustrans’ 40th anniversary. CREDIT: Steve Riding.

27 April 2017

We’ve marked the start of our 40th anniversary celebrations with the opening of a new £350,000 foot and cycle bridge today (Thursday 27 April).

Since 1977, we’ve been empowering people across the UK to walk and cycle, making travel choices which benefit their health, neighbourhoods, the economy and the environment.

Located four miles outside Leeds City Centre, the 23m bridge across the River Aire provides a missing link in an area set to be developed for housing with cycle links in to the city.

Xavier Brice, CEO at Sustrans, said:

“Skelton Bridge is a fantastic example of our work, in partnership with others, to connect people and places.

“In 1977, we started a practical revolution enabling millions of people to get moving, but it’s far from complete.

“The need to rebalance the way we move around is stronger than ever. Walking and cycling is part of the solution to many of today’s challenges, from air pollution to congestion, high levels of childhood obesity and physical inactivity amongst adults.

“Not only does 2017 mark 40 years of Sustrans, it’s also the start of a new chapter in our history, having just this week launched our new five-year strategy setting out our direction of travel and vision for the future.

“Our achievements and experience place us in a strong position to continue making the case for walking and cycling and delivering innovative solutions that improve lives, transform places and connect communities.”

Local residents joined representatives from Sustrans and Leeds City Council, which funded the bridge, for the official opening. 

As well as designing and installing the ‘Warren Truss’ foot and cycle bridge, we will also provide ongoing maintenance for 40 years. 

Skelton Bridge crosses the River Aire at Skelton Lake, close to Transpennine Trail into Leeds City Centre and opens up future access to Rothwell Country Park for people on foot and bike.

Leeds City Council invested £350K and Sustrans designed and installed the 23 m bridge to extend Wyke Beck Way and part of the City’s Core Cycle Network.

We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary throughout the year. 

Learn more about our achievements over the last four decades

For more information, images and interviews please contact:

Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected],
07557 915648

Amy Jones, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected],
07768 035318