A STRETCH of the Trans Pennine Trail will benefit from improvement works including surfacing, drainage and better signage after Barnsley Council secured funding of £400,000.
The grant from Sustrans, funded by the Department of Transport, will allow Barnsley Council to improve 3.1km of the coast-to-coast route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The upgrade to an all-weather surface will cover the stretch from the A61 at Worsbrough to Smithy Wood Lane, Dodworth, which connects with Worsbrough Country Park and Wigfield Farm.
The improvement supports Barnsley Council’s aspirations to increase active travel across the borough to help improve people’s health and encourage people out of their cars.
It will encourage more sustainable transport between the two villages of Worsbrough and Dodworth, which has been declining in recent years as the surface of the trail deteriorates.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “We’re delighted to be able to secure this funding to improve the Trans Pennine Trail. We hope to see more people using this hugely valuable asset once the current coronavirus situation has ended.
“It’s important to remind people that at the moment they must not use the Trans Pennine Trail in groups and people remain at home as much as possible and must maintain social distancing while exercising, but we can and must look to the future.
“These works will improve accessibility for those with limited mobility, including users in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs or young children, and those with visual limitations so it will open up opportunities for many who have not felt confident using this stretch of the trail in its current condition.
“We will also see biodiversity improvements and community engagement along the route, including tree planting, which is something we can look forward to enjoying once life starts to return to normal.”
Once construction starts, the trail will be unavailable for use. Advance notices and clear temporary diversion signs along the minor roads will be in place, and where possible the works will be completed in phases to keep as much of the route open as possible.
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
This theme doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.