Tuesday, 2 August 2022, will see the official opening of the Burn Airfield section of the Trans Pennine Trail.
The project was formed following many complaints from Trail users highlighting the poor surface and drainage left the route through the Airfield impassable for long periods of time.
Funding from Sport England (via the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail), North Yorkshire County Council and the Trans Pennine Trial national office enabled works to finally start to bring this section back to its former glory.
Simon Geller, Chair of the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail said, “This has been a tremendous project to work on over the last few years and really does show how feedback from our users can make a difference.”
To date, the combined funding has enabled these improvements to be undertaken:
- Improvements to accessing the TPT within the Airfield
- A soundbox where you can hear about the history of the airfield
- 2 information boards
- 10 information posts with rubbings
- Accessible seating and picnic tables
- Signage for the Trail and the Airfield runway
Co-Vice Chair of the Trans Pennine Trail Partnership, Councillor Mike Jordan of Selby, said, “It’s been a great opportunity for the TPT national office to work with our local partners at North Yorkshire to help bring the Airfield section of the Trail back to its former glory and pay homage to the 578 Squadron who are an important part of our local history.”
Executive member for highways and transportation, Cllr Keane Duncan, said: “Our countryside access team has been pleased to support this project financially and to deliver it on behalf of the TPT and Selby District Council. It creates an all-weather surface that makes this section of the trail more accessible to users and will enable a variety of groups to use this route all year round.”
Rosslyn Colderley, Sustrans Director of the North of England said: “The Trans Pennine Trail and Sustrans have been working hard to look at opportunities to improve accessibility along the Trail. The Burn Airfield section is a great example of partners working together to make it easier for many more people to enjoy this popular route.”