Kirkgate work is underway and progressing
A £6m project to improve Kirkgate in Wakefield for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is underway, with work progressing well.
Cllr Matthew Morley and Cllr Jessica Carrington at Kirkgate
The regeneration scheme that began in May will bring benefits to the local community by improving access to the area. By putting new infrastructure in place it is hoped this will support future development and investment in this part of the city.
The project involves removing the old central reservation on Kirkgate and putting new kerbs in place. A new roundabout and traffic signals are to be installed.
Work is also underway at Park Street junction to provide better access for vehicles to and from Kirkgate Station and the surrounding residential area.
Other changes will include the Monk Street area being paved to improve conditions for people walking and cycling between the city centre and Kirkgate Station.
The scheme includes re-using subways around Kirkgate, which were built in the 1970's, so they can be filled in and replaced by storm-water storage. The tanks hold excess rain water, which will be gradually released back into the sewer system, once a spell of wet weather is over.
Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "The Kirkgate scheme is another major step forward for the area. It will improve how people, in particular pedestrians, can access Kirkgate.
"Inevitably a major project like this will cause some disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience and are doing all we can to minimise this.
"In the longer term this project will bring great benefits for the district as having the right infrastructure in place could lead to new development and investment, which would provide a real boost for the local community."
In recent years there have been major developments to the Kirkgate area with the refurbishment of the train station and the opening of the new West Yorkshire Archive building.
The project, which is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, runs until late Spring 2018