Traffic improvements planned for main route into Wakefield City Centre

PR ref: 6127
​Date 8/12/2015

Wakefield Council is exhibiting plans for improvements along Dewsbury Road, an important route in and out of the city centre.

The plans go on public display from December 9 to December 21 in the main entrance of Wakefield One in Burton Street.

The revised scheme for the Dewsbury Road Transport Improvement Corridor follows an earlier full public consultation in 2013.

Feedback from residents and local members resulted in the original scheme being withdrawn amid deep concerns about changes to the junction of Cross Lane and Dewsbury Road. These proposals have been removed from the new scheme.

Cllr David Dagger, the Council’s Cabinet member for transportation and highways, said the aim of the scheme was to make better use of road space for everyone using Dewsbury Road.

“The consultation in 2013 provides us with useful feedback and that original scheme was withdrawn after we listened to residents’ views.

“This revised new scheme introduces new car parking bays and a new pedestrian crossing, as well as changes to traffic flows along this busy route.”

The scheme gives more priority to buses and cyclists, brings in pedestrian and environmental improvements in the St Michael’s area and improves the efficiency of traffic lights.

The work is being progressed by the Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and, subject to statutory approvals, the works are expected to start next year.

To see the plans, visit Wakefield One in Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2EB, or view them on the Council’s website

Public comments can be made via the questionnaire on the website or at the public display.