Councillors to discuss £6million transport plan
Senior councillors are to discuss a £6 million plan to improve travel conditions and traffic movements in and around Newton Bar in Wakefield.
The scheme aims to reduce congestion on the A650 corridor and at the busy roundabout and to make it easier for cyclists, pedestrians, buses and disabled people to use.
Members of Wakefield Council's Cabinet, meeting on 9 July, will be asked to approve the use of grant funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to fund the scheme, the submission of a planning application and the submission of a detailed business case.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "The A650 corridor and Newton Bar roundabout is an extremely busy route into Wakefield, to Pinderfields Hospital and for commuters to and from Leeds. With new housing at City Fields and other developments the area is getting busier and now is the right time to for us to consider how we can best address congestion and make improvement for all road users."
The proposed scheme would increase the size of the roundabout, create pedestrian crossings and cycle facilities, extend the bus lane and improve the adjacent traffic signal junction at Leeds Road, Bradford Road and Wentworth Street.
Subject to planning approval it is anticipated that the scheme will go out to tender in autumn. The scheme would start in early 2020 and take around 12 months to build.
If agreed, the improvement measures would be funded through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, as part of a wider scheme to boost transport links across the region.
For further information about the scheme and illustrations of the plans please see: http://bit.ly/2XhsrLp