People invited to have their say on Newton Bar traffic plans for Wakefield

People who live and work in Wakefield are being encouraged to have their say on plans to improve traffic flow in and around Newton Bar area.

Extra lanes controlled by traffic signals, new pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists and buses and an increase in size are among the proposals for the roundabout at the junction of A61 Leeds Road and the A650, which is used by 35,000 vehicles each day.

Extensive development

Extensive new housing and commercial development are either under construction or planned for the area and the new road layout, which would receive £4.5 million  funding from the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, is being developed to deal with the additional traffic.

People can see displays of the plans at New Southgate Surgery, Buxton Place until Friday 23 March from (9am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm) and there was a drop in session at Outwood Memorial Hall on Tuesday 13 March.

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Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “The proposals have been designed to ease costly congestion through this busy junction, improve the reliability and punctuality of bus services by giving them priority, and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, which are all aims of our £1bn West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.

“I would encourage people who live and work in the area or use this busy junction regularly to go along and have their say on the plans.”

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: “I’d like to encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to come and look at the proposals and share their feedback which will be used to help form the final plan.”

As part of the ‘City Deal’ between West Yorkshire, York and central government, the £1bn-plus West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund was created to develop a programme of schemes that increase housing, employment and economic growth across the Leeds City Region.


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