Trans Pennine Trail Friends get an information boost

Improving public information through National Grid’s Community Grant Programme

Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) has been awarded a grant of £19,720 to bring the TPT and communities together digitally.

The funding, awarded via our Community Grant Programme, will be used to improve public information about four circular walking routes in the Barnsley West area.

As a result of the funding, the TPT national office will be able to produce two new videos, four themed educational podcasts and a children’s activity pack to encourage families and children to enjoy the Trail during the school holidays.

This enhanced information will help visitors make the most of the circular routes, while raising awareness of other local connections and greenspaces in the area for their enjoyment.

Councillor Chris Lamb, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “This funding has provided an opportunity to enhance the level of information for users of the Trail and other routes in Barnsley, not only in terms of the undergrounding programme at Dunford Bridge but also the further capital investment taking place across routes in the borough.”

Mandy Loach, TPT Lead Officer, added, “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital community role of the TPT, with many people venturing out on it for the first time.

“The Trail has always been popular along this very accessible section, but it has been used especially heavily over the past 18 months as people took their daily exercise, walked their dogs or simply got out of the house for some fresh air. It was a real lifeline for many, providing a much-needed boost to mental health and wellbeing.

Simon Geller, Chair of the Friends of the TPT said: “We are delighted to receive this support from National Grid’s Community Grant Programme, which we are using to fund the production and promotion of some high-quality material and digital content. This will help bring the Trail to life, ignite interest for visitors and hopefully encourage them to keep coming back.”

As part of its ongoing plans to enhance users’ experience digitally, the TPT office is separately planning to update its online mapping to provide real-time access to instant information while using the Trail.

To find out more about the Trans Pennine Trail and plan your trip, visit: www.transpenninetrail.org.uk

For more information about the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail, visit: www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/friends

If you have any questions about this or our ongoing work in Dunford Bridge, please get in touch with the VIP project team directly by calling 0330 134 0051 or sending an email to: visualimpact@nationalgrid.com