Work on a new multi-million pound link road to relieve congestion in and around Pontefract began this week.
Contractor North Midland Construction started work on the 1.5km Northern Link Road on Monday.
The road, which will run from Park Road to Monkhill, is part of a development to build more than 900 homes - along with shops and businesses - on the site of the former Prince of Wales Colliery.
The scheme is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs and work to redevelop the site began in December.
Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “I think this scheme will make a huge difference not just to Pontefract but to the entire district.
“It will provide a major boost to our local economy and regenerate our district by unlocking housing and development opportunities in Pontefract, improving the transport infrastructure and help ease congestion.”
The scheme - which was given outline planning permission in 2006 - will include 917 new homes on the site of the former pit yard along with 230,000 sq ft of business space, shops, cafes, a medical centre, community centre and nursery.
At the spoil heap - where up to 2m tonnes of coal is currently being extracted - developers Harworth Estates will create a new country park and footpaths.
Chris Davidson, Harworth Estates’ development manager, said: “We’re delighted that work is beginning on the Northern Link Road.
“The regeneration impact the road will have in opening up new housing and employment land is enormous, in addition to reducing congestion .”
The link road, which has been funded by a £4.1m grant from the Department for Transport and £1.48m from Wakefield Council, is due to be complete by the end of the year.
The council also plan to improve Monkhill railway station in Pontefract as well as make changes to the Town End junction.
For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/regenereation