Work to start on Northern Link Road

Ref: PR 4565
Date: 20/05/2014

Wakefield Council's plans for the Pontefract Northern Link Road are progressing, with work starting on site on Monday June 2.

The Council successfully received £4.1m funding from the Government's Local Pinch Point Fund and is seeking a further £1.4m from the Combined Authority's Transport Fund for the development of the road.

The contractor, North Midland Construction, will start work in June on the 1.5km single carriageway from Park Road to Skinner Lane, Monkhill. It is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Over 1,000 jobs are anticipated to be created by the overall project, including through the construction phase and longer term employment.

The scheme will bring many benefits to Pontefract including easing congestion in the area, improving capacity on Park Road and the Town End junction, and increase access to junction 32 of the M62.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "The construction of the Northern Link Road is great news for Pontefract and our district.

"It will provide a major boost to our local economy and regenerate our district by unlocking housing and development opportunities in Pontefract, improve the local transport infrastructure and help ease congestion."

The Northern Link Road will also enable redevelopment of land on the Prince of Wales site and aid the delivery of commercial and retail space.

Chris Davidson, Development Manager for Harworth Estates' Prince of Wales development, said: "We're delighted that work is beginning on the Northern Link Road. The regeneration impact that the road will have in opening up new housing and employment land is enormous, in addition to reducing congestion and we applaud Wakefield Council for bringing the plans to fruition."

The scheme will also reduce town centre through traffic, improve pedestrian and cycle facilities and reduce air pollution from traffic.

This is just part of a series of measures the Council are committed to delivering, including improvements to Monkhill Station, improvements to key junctions, new links to the town centre through Colonel's Walk and new cycle links.

For more information about the development visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/regeneration

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