Transformational Project North Kirklees Orbital Route Study

Funding of a Strategic Outline Business Case study to identify and evaluate options for a proposed 16.5km carriageway with an alignment proposed to follow the existing orientation of the A644 and A638 respectively and incorporate a new 9km section.

Following on from an Investment Committee workshop on 8 March 2017, it was agreed that each individual Authority would bring forward their priority transformational scheme for development. Kirklees Council have selected the North Kirklees Orbital Route as their priority scheme

The North Kirklees Orbital Route (NKOR) is a proposed road scheme that will improve access to these potential housing and business development sites, along with alleviating congestion and improving journey time reliability on a strategic transport corridor.

Furthermore, it will reduce traffic volumes along the A644 and therefore relieve congestion along the route for the neighbourhoods of Ravensthorpe and Mirfield in addition to providing an alternative route to access the M1 and M62 motorways. As a result, this will assist with the regeneration of Dewsbury by facilitating changes to its ring road in addition to assisting future developments opportunities at Cooper Bridge and Horbury Junction.

Funding has been allocated for pre-feasibility studies to identify and evaluate options.

Project Lead

Kirklees Council

District/ Area

Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield

Business case summary

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West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund- £0.288 million

Project Status

Strategic Outline Business Case

Start and end dates

2017- 2021

Delivery partners

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Other funders

To be confirmed

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This page was last updated in Q3 2021/2022