Final stage of work on the WERR gets underway


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The final stage of work on the £33m Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR) gets underway next week (February 13).

The new highway will provide an essential road link between the A642 and A638. It will also bring with it major economic benefits, by unlocking the potential to develop 2,500 new homes as part of the City Fields development. The WERR will also help to reduce congestion and pollution within Wakefield.

Work begins on Monday (February 13) to lay cables and pipes on Aberford Road, outside the petrol station and at the junction of Finkin Lane. Work is also taking place at Ferry Lane. This is expected to last for approximately seven days.

Traffic lights will be in place and drivers using the area are being warned to expect delays and to plan extra time for their journeys.

In March additional road works will be taking place to link Aberford Road to the WERR, which will open later in the spring.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "The WERR is a great project which will support economic growth in our district.

"I would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and support while the final stage of the work is carried out."

The WERR will be the first of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's ten year programme of strategic transport schemes to be completed.

These projects are funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal, of which Wakefield Council is a member.

The schemes, of which there are 30 in total across the region, are specifically designed to accelerate growth and create up to 20,000 new jobs across the region. They are part of a wider LEP initiative to grow the City Region economy at a faster rate than the national average over the next two decades.

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