Transformational Project North Kirklees

The Growth Deal approved West Yorkshire + Transport Fund Programme includes £12.5m allocated to the development of “transformational projects” for development work to influence government and other partners to justify future transformational investments such as rail electrification, airport access, rolling out of mass transit and preparing for HS2 and HS3.

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- £0.248 million

Project Status


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 Q4 2019/2020