Transforming Cities - A61 and A639

West Yorkshire Combined Authority, working in partnership with Wakefield Council and Leeds City Council, is investing £22.5m in two key roads connecting the Wakefield District with Leeds – the A61 and A639.

It is part of £317m allocated to Leeds City Region (LCR) from the Government's Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). The TCF aims to change how people travel, reduce car journeys, better connect people with employment, education and training opportunities and support healthier lifestyles.

Currently, users of the A61 and A639 often experience delays, especially at peak times. The plans being developed aim to encourage more people to travel by bus, bike and on foot, creating a better, safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.

Overview Map of the A61 and A639
Initial proposals include dedicated bus and cycle lanes, wider pavements and smart traffic lights. Smart traffic lights make use of sensors that detect live traffic build up and buses. They can adjust the green light timing to improve flow and reduce congestion.
An initial consultation on these proposals was held during July and August 2022. Feedback received will be used to help shape more detailed plans. 
West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s website has more details on each scheme.
Delivery of the improvements is scheduled for 2024 subject to approvals. Some of the proposals for each road are given below.


The A61 serves communities including Outwood and Stanley to the north of Wakefield and Belle Vue and Sandal to the south.

Proposals include:

  • Priority for buses at Canal Lane junction, upgraded bus stop and safe crossing point for pedestrians
  • New bus lanes in both directions between Woodcock Street and Walton Lane
  • New cycle lanes in both directions between Woodcock Street and Agbrigg Road, and Sandal Cliff and Castle Terrace
  • Upgraded traffic lights at the junctions with Manygates Lane, Walton Lane, Chevet Lane and Standbridge Lane
  • Improved pedestrian crossings, including outside Sandal Castle Primary School


The A639 serves communities including Normanton, Glasshoughton, Castleford and Pontefract.

In Glasshoughton, the scheme would create a new shared bus and cycle lane between Barnes Road and Thunderhead Ridge roundabout (eastbound) and improve the pedestrian crossing outside Wakefield College's Castleford campus.

In Pontefract, the plans include new shared bus and cycle lanes on the A645 Southgate, in both directions, as well as trees and planting.

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