Work continues on Pontefract Northern Link Road

Ref: PR 4638
Date: 14/07/2014

​Work is continuing on the Pontefract Northern Link Road, which is set to unlock the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs and improve journey times along this key corridor.

The road is part of the £4.1m funding we have received from the Government's Local Pinch Point Fund which aims to bring many benefits to Pontefract, including improving capacity on Park Road and Town End junction as well as creating better access to Junction 32 of the M62.

Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet member for Transport and Highways, said: "The progress of Pontefract Link Road is great news for the district and will provide a boost to our local economy.

"The scheme will have an important role in helping to reduce town centre traffic, improving pedestrian and cycle facilities, as well as reducing air pollution from traffic."

The contractor – North Midland Construction – has started work on the 1.5km single carriageway from Park Road to Skinner Lane, Monkhill earlier this month.

Chris Davidson, Development Manager of Harworth Estates redevelopment of the former Prince of Wales Colliery, said: "We're delighted that work is beginning on the Northern Relief 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."

This is just part of a series of measures the Council is 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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