Pontefract scheme awarded £1m transport funding
Transport funding of £1m from Wakefield Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been allocated to a scheme in Pontefract to improve the town centre and benefit cyclists and pedestrians.
The initiative is set to improve the Horsefair area, between the town centre and Pontefract Castle.
The scheme, which will be developed with input from the local community, could see changes to traffic movements and improvements to the pedestrian area to help reconnect the town centre to the castle.
The scheme will also help deliver the wider masterplan for Pontefract town centre, which aims to regenerate the area, introduce more town centre living and encourage more people to an improved and healthier neighbourhood.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport at Wakefield Council, said: "We're very pleased to have secured this funding and we are looking forward to finding out people's thoughts and ideas for this project.
"This scheme supports one of our overall goals, which is to regenerate the district to benefit residents and businesses and to encourage visitors to come and enjoy our district."
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Transport Committee, said: "This project, funded from our Transport Strategy's Integrated Transport programme, is another great example of West Yorkshire's ambition to improve local places and their connections to enable walking and cycling to become the natural choice for short everyday journeys, helping to reduce air pollution and increase physical activity.
"Increasing the numbers of people choosing to travel on foot or by bike has an important role to play in making our region a great place to live, work and play.
"The programme will build on the work already underway through the Combined Authority's £60m CityConnect programme, aimed at encouraging more people to travel by bike or on foot."
The next stage will involve a feasibility study and a public consultation, to take place later this year in which people will have the opportunity to look at plans and proposals and share their own ideas. The scheme is expected to get underway in 2020/21.
The initiative is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Integrated Transport Block funding programme as part of its 'West Yorkshire Transport Strategy 2040' delivery.