Funding approved for Glasshoughton Southern Link Road
Wakefield Council's new £7.3m road scheme in Glasshoughton has been given the green light by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority after funding was approved for the project.
The Glasshoughton Southern Link Road will reduce traffic congestion and unlock land for development in the area, creating the potential for new jobs in the future.
Work is expected to start in spring and the road will include footways and a segregated cycle route, providing an alternative route around the Glasshoughton leisure and retail park.
Wakefield Council will carry out the work, which is being funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "This is great news for the district as the Glasshoughton Southern Link Road will improve transport links in the area, reduce congestion and open up land for development which could lead to new job opportunities."
The new road will be an extension of the existing Whistler Drive that connects into the roundabout at Cutsyke Road and Premier Way.
Senior councillors at Wakefield Council will be asked to give final approval for the project at a Cabinet meeting.
If approved, the work is expected to be completed in spring 2020.
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: "The Combined Authority has invested approaching £50m in new transport infrastructure, designed to support inclusive economic growth, the creation of new jobs and the construction of new housing, across the Wakefield district.
"Schemes have included the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, the Pontefract Northern Relief Road, the regeneration of Wakefield city centre's Kirkgate and new park and ride spaces at South Elmsall and Fitzwilliam rail stations.
"Like these other projects, a new Glasshoughton Southern Link road would improve access to employment sites and housing growth, ease local congestion and support sustainable transport."