Scheme to tackle congestion in Castleford

​Date: 1/11/2016

Ref: PR8384

Castleford residents and business people are being asked for their views on proposals to tackle traffic congestion.

A public consultation exhibition will take place at Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre, Castleford on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November, from 10am to 2pm.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "It is important that we plan for the future growth and development of Castleford, and it is essential to get feedback from residents and businesses. We want people to come and look at the plans and to let us know their thoughts."

The Aire River Growth Corridor is within Castleford and has been designated as a 'Housing Zone'. Improvements to the transport infrastructure are needed to accommodate additional new homes planned for the area, and employment growth expected in the town.

Highway improvements, including enlarging the Aire Street  and Lock Lane roundabout, are being proposed to ease congestion which affects Aire Street, Wheldon Road, Lock Lane and Bridge Street particularly, at peak travelling times. A signalised junction improvement is also proposed for the Bridge Street and Pontefract Road to replace the existing small roundabout.

The scheme will include a new combined pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Wheldon Road and Lock Lane and will also create open space along the waterfront, providing better views and access to the River Aire.

The proposals can also be viewed at www.wakefield.gov.uk/regeneration from Thursday 10 November, and comments can be emailed to majorprojects@wakefield.gov.uk

After the consultation, the next stage will see the scheme developed for submission to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority early next year for funding to support its detailed design.

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