Council asks residents to name new relief road
The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road (WERR) was officially opened by the Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box CBE, at the end of April. The Council now wants to officially name the road and is asking residents for their suggestions.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road has helped to unlock land for development and ease congestion around the city. It is now time to officially name the new road.
“We are extremely proud of our district’s sporting heritage, and I feel that naming the road after a Trinity legend, Neil Fox MBE, would be fitting tribute. Neil is not only one of the best ever rugby league players, but he’s a great ambassador for the city and one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. It would be a great way to honour his contribution to sport and everything he has done for Wakefield. ‘Neil Fox Way’ has a good ring to it and it would really put his achievements on the map.”
Neil Fox MBE is one of the most prominent figures in the history of rugby league, holding an outstanding points record - scoring 6,220 points during his illustrious career. The former Wakefield Trinity Centre received an MBE in 1982 and was admitted into the Rugby Hall of Fame in 1988, the highest accolade the sport can bestow on a player.
In 2010, the Council awarded Mr Fox Freedom of the City in acknowledgement for his outstanding contribution to sport and as an ambassador of the Wakefield District.
Cllr box added: “I ask residents to get in touch to tell us what they think of my suggestion and to offer their own.”
Residents are asked to email their suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 July 2017.
The WERR is 5.5km long, boasts the longest single span bridge in Wakefield and the first new river crossing in Wakefield in over 100 years. The new £33m road provides an essential road link between the A642 and A638. It will help to reduce congestion and pollution within the city.
The WERR is also expected to bring with it major economic benefits by unlocking the potential to develop 2,500 new homes as part of the City Fields development.
The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is the first project constructed, and funded, as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s 10-year programme of strategic transport schemes targeted to accelerate growth and create up to 20,000 jobs across the region.
Funding for the schemes is though the £1bn Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
For more information and videos about the WERR visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/WERR