First Growth Deal Transport Project Starts On Site

First Growth Deal Transport Project Starts On Site

Construction of the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, the first transport project funded as a result of the �1bn transport fund for West Yorkshire and York, got underway on Friday 26 June 2015.

Funding for the �33m scheme, which was secured as a result of the LEP�s Growth Deal with Government in 2014 for projects across the Leeds City Region, will create jobs and growth and ease congestion between the north and east of the city.

The 5.5km road will be built by Wakefield Council and will provide a link around the city from Aberford Road in the north to Doncaster Road in the south. It will reduce congestion in Wakefield by providing an alternative route avoiding the city centre and giving improved access to the M62. Clearance work has already taken place and the road will be opened to traffic around Spring 2017.

WYCA Chair Cllr Peter Box said: �The benefits the new Wakefield Eastern Relief Road will deliver are in line with the Combined Authority�s and LEP�s shared aims is of creating an environment where businesses can grow, 62,000 new, good quality jobs can be created, and young people can find a job or training opportunity.

�This new link also goes through land where 2,500 of the 65,000 new homes we want to see built to address our city region�s housing needs can be developed.�

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