Current Diversions and Closures - Central
Details of problems affecting the coast to coast route between Penistone and RSPB Old Moor and on the north-south Leeds to Chesterfield route.
Flood Damage - Woodlesford - The 2007 floods caused extensive damage to the steel pilings of the nearby Aire-Calder Canal just south of Woodlesford Locks and washed out the towpath which the TPT follows here. This resulted in British Waterways temporarily closing off this section (as far as Swillington Bridge) on safety grounds whilst large scale repair works are awaited. The safest diversion route to follow here is therefore to cross Woodlesford Lock by the lock gates and then continue south along the opposite (West side) towpath all the way down to Fleet Lane moorings where you can rejoin the Trail after it crosses the canal. If journeying north, leave the access road around the moorings just before Fleet Lane Bridge by going underneath instead of over it, then following the grassy towpath (which is the TPT alternative Walking Route) all the way to Woodlesford Lock. Here you can then either cross the lock gates to re-join the Trail towards Leeds or continue northwards along the BW access road as far as Fishpond Locks and cross over the lock gates there. British Waterways has now resurfaced this diversion route at Woodlesford to Swillington Bridge. These works provide a temporary solution until such time as the opportunity arises to reinstate the original route of the Trans Pennine Trail on the other side of the canal. Updated 17th December 2012
Swillington Road Bridge - Starting on Monday 11th February for 6 weeks until March 22nd 2013. Swillington Road Bridge (A642) near Woodlesford to Fleet Bridge, Oulton on the western towpath of the Aire-Calder Canal, 6 miles south-east of Leeds. Works to resurface the present grassy towpath to a crushed and rolled Hard Carboniferous Limestone path 2 metres wide will be carried out by Leeds City Council's Parks & Countryside service. Warning signs will be put up advising path users of the work taking place here (Monday to Friday only) but the towpath will not be closed off to use (NB. Walkers and cyclists will be safely guided past any operational areas). Alternatively, the eastern towpath (original TPT route) is still available from Fleet Bridge but this would entail crossing the A642 at Swillington Bridge which is a busy road with poor sightlines. Updated 4th February 2013
Blue Pipe Bridge, Wakefield - The re-decking of the bridge is now complete. (Updated 20th Feb 2013).
Wharncliffe - Advisory Notice - Advisory notice as the drains on the track near the underpass in Wharncliffe are blocked again, leaving the road flooded. Please take car when passing - this problem is being looked at and an update will be given asap. (Updated 13th March 2013)
Shaw Hall Lane to Bullhouse - Surfacing works to start 4th or 9th March along this section. During the works the access ramp from Manchester Road will be closed but the main TPT will remain open with Banksmen providing access for Trail users. Works duration 6 weeks maximum. (Updated 26th Feb 2013)
Salters Brook -Moors for the Future are undertaking air lifting of heather seeds and utilising Salter's Brook for access. Please note - during the air lifts equestrian users will have to take care. Banksmen will be on site during lift times for advice. (Updated 07/01/13)
National Grid Works at Dunford Bridge and Woodhead - Works to replace the existing high voltage cables that run through Woodhead Tunnels is underway. The Trail currently remains open but please be aware of works in progress. Updated 7th January 2013
Thurgoland - There are 2 lights out in the tunnel, an urgent job has been placed to get them replaced. Updated 3rd May 2013
Blackburn Brook - The access gates at Blackburn Brook have been welded shut by the landowner and this section of the route is therefore closed to cyclists unless you are able to lift your cycle above your head. The alternative route towards Parson Cross and Grenoside is to turn left at Grange Lane, then right onto Ecclesfield Rd. You can pick up the TPT again to the left at Hartley Brook. From a north-westerly direction, heading towards Meadowhall, turn right on exiting from Hartley Brook and follow Ecclesfield Rd to Grange Lane, turn left here and the Chapeltown Greenway crosses at the bottom of the hill - turn right for Meadowhall and Sheffield. Trail users travelling between Meadowhall and Wentworth or Barnsley are unaffected by this closure. Updated 24th August 2012
The Spider Bridge- at Blonk Street to Sussex Street sections of the Five Weirs Walk has been temporarily closed due to failure of the decking material. No news yet as to when it will re-open. Updated 13th December 2013
Riverside Drive - We now have full information regarding the closure of the Trans Pennine Trail from 22nd April to late autumn 2013. The section to be closed is 2.5 miles in length and will extend from the RMBC boundary at Meadowhall to The Statues off Main Street, Rotherham. Work will commence, as soon as is possible, to sign the diversion route which will run from Riverside Drive at Tinsley, along Sheffield Road through Templebrough, and into Rotherham via Westgate to Main Street, where the diversion will end.
Chesterfield Canal Towpath, Brimington - The canal towpath/TPT will be closed between Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield and Station Road, Brimington for much-needed re-surfacing works from Monday 29th April, for a period of approximately 3 weeks. There is an alternative route available during works, which is mostly off-road, or on quieter road routes. Wherever possible the route will be re-opened at weekends for everyone to use, but the route will remain closed to all users throughout the working week for reasons of safety. For more information please contact Tapton Lock Visitor Centre on 01246 551035.
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