Cabinet to discuss multi-million pound investment in our roads

Our Cabinet members have been discussing an update given on the progress of seven major schemes which will see big changes in our roads over the next few years.

How will the new roads be funded?

The schemes will be funded through the West Yorkshire and Transport Fund. Some schemes have already been agreed and some are still in the planning stage. The schemes have been allocated provisional funding of £135m from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Which roads are included?

The projects include upgrades to the A629 (Halifax Road) to ease congestion to the Ainley Top M62 junction, a new scheme to ease congestion in Holmfirth, and the building of a new road from Bradley to Wakefield Road (A644) at Cooper Bridge.

Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure Cllr Peter McBride said:

“These schemes are at different stages – we are ready to move forward with the A629 scheme at Ainley Top for example, but the funding we have for some other schemes is allowing us to develop our plans.

“Good local and regional transport links underpin the development of business and the creation of new jobs. The West Yorkshire and Transport Fund is targeted at reducing congestion, and making it easier for people to commute to and from expected major growth areas.”

Joint portfolio holder Cllr Naheed Mather added:

“This strategic approach fits with our broader planning in terms of jobs, homes and the Local Plan. It will improve travel between our towns and neighbouring towns and improve access to employment and training opportunities.”

We’ll be sharing more details about this project soon; in the meantime you can visit our web pages for details about the specific schemes.

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