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Sustrans grant rewards Wetherby campaigners

by Wetherby Liberal Democrats on 24 March, 2019

Newton Kyme viaduct will now form part of the Sustrans cycling network

Wetherby Liberal Democrats have reacted with delight to the news that local cyclists have won their long campaign for improvements to the cycling network between Harrogate and Tadcatser and beyond.

Sustrans, the national cycling and walking charity, will manage a further investment of £21m towards national cycling provision – and after may years of effort by committee cycling enthusiasts our area is set to benefit.

As part of their review of the cycling and walking infrastructure plan of action, Paths for Everyone, a viaduct link from Thorp Arch to Newton Kyme will be brought back to life to open up the cycling network in the area.

David Hopps, Lib Dem candidate in the May 2 Leeds City Council elections, said: “I am committed to a Green agenda in the Wetherby area and want to find ways to encourage all individuals, groups and even local Green Party activists seeking the same outcomes.

“Local cycling enthusiasts have worked for many years to get this scheme accepted by Sustrans and deserve great credit. In our current divisive times it is another example of how hope, not hate, can help us build better communities.”

Caroline Green, a Sustrans volunteer, said in a media release that also celebrated cycling improvements in Follifoot: “These two plans will greatly improve the cycling facilities in the area enabling users to travel safely further afield and attract cyclists, horse riders and walkers to the area.

“Sustrans and people in Harrogate and Wetherby areas have worked hard to press for these improvements and whilst it may take a little time to implement the improvements there is now light at the end of the tunnel.”

Builders Redrow restored the Grade II listed viaduct in Newton Kyme as part of the envisaged new cycling and walking route between Wetherby and Tadcaster.

Work on the Wharfe Bridge included a three-metre cycling and walking path as well as repairs to the stone works, a new concrete deck and new railings.

It formed part of the old Harrogate to Church Fenton line which closed as part of the Beeching cuts in the 1960s.

Now Sustrans have delivered the final stage of funding.

Wetherby Lib Dems plan to give wholehearted support to further cycling schemes in our local area.