Transport funding of £1m for Pontefract to be considered

03/09/2019, PR-9163

​A £1m scheme to improve Pontefract town centre to benefit residents, businesses and visitors is to be considered by councillors.

​Wakefield Cabinet members (meeting on 10 September) will be asked to accept grant funding for the project, in the Horsefair area, through an agreement with West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The initiative is part of the 'Healthy Streets' scheme which focuses on creating safe and healthy places. Factors taken into account during the design would include managing traffic, cutting pollution, creating places which help people to interact and encouraging cycling, walking and the use of public transport.

​Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport at Wakefield Council, said: "We'll be discussing the scheme which could act as a catalyst for regenerating Pontefract town centre by improving the connection between the town centre and the castle. It would have a number of benefits for residents and businesses as well as encouraging visitors to come and enjoy our district."

If approved, The Horsefair scheme would be included as part of the wider masterplan for Pontefract town centre which is currently being developed.  It aims to regenerate the area, introduce more town centre living, improve town centre connectivity and encourage more people to visit and live in a sustainable and healthier neighbourhood.

 The next stage would 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 report will be discussed at Cabinet on 10 September from 10.30am at Castleford Civic Centre. You can watch the meeting live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream

 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.