New cycling and walking routes provide links into and around Dewsbury

Bringing bridges, viaducts and a tunnel back into use and creating new paths has reconnected Dewsbury town centre
The challenge

Residential areas to the east of Dewsbury and out towards Wakefield District were cut off from the existing Greenway network, including the popular Spen Valley Greenway. Getting into the town centre or accessing the train station was difficult, and walkers and cyclists had to negotiate a ring road and busy road network. In addition the rivers, canals and hills make some journeys impossible. These barriers meant that local people were discouraged from making everyday trips on foot or by bike.

The solution

The new greenway is a brilliant project and a key part of the council’s ‘Outdoor Dewsbury’ programme which is helping to change the image of Dewsbury for the better. The Greenway provides an opportunity for Dewsbury people of all ages and abilities to make traffic-free journeys and to enjoy the local countryside and canal towpath.

- Cllr Paul Kane of the Dewsbury Regeneration Board

Sustrans and Kirklees Council built a new traffic-free route that reconnects the areas of Savile Town, Ossett and Earlsheaton with the town centre and links to the Spen Valley Greenway, providing a direct route through Dewsbury between Bradford and Osset, and a more pleasant route from Saville Town to the town centre. The work included refurbishing Headfield Viaduct to cross the River Calder and the canal, improving the canal towpath along Dewsbury Cut, reopening a former railway tunnel and installing better crossings at the ring road. pedestrians and cyclists. The network of gently graded routes opens up Dewsbury’s waterfront areas and is a key part of the regeneration strategy for the town.

The difference

The new routes have made it quicker and safer for people living in the surrounding areas to make everyday journeys into Dewsbury on foot or by bike. They also link to the National Cycle Network and many well-established greenways in the area, providing cycle access from Dewsbury to Bradford, Mirfield, Huddersfield and Wakefield and offers a great way to get around and visit the local countryside.

Want to find out more?

Find out how we’re transforming local travel across the UK. Call 0117 926 8893, email [email protected]