Millions spent on motorway junctions

MILLIONS of pounds are to be pumped into reducing traffic congestion at motorway junctions in Castleford and Pontefract.

More than £32m of government funding will be poured into improving the M62 as part of a national programme to remove bottlenecks.

The regional pot of cash – part of a wider scheme costing £217m – will see money spent on Junction 31 at Whitwood and Castleford, and Junction 32 at Pontefract.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “We welcome this additional funding directed at reducing congestion at several of our motorway junctions.

“This supports the council’s promotion of growth for the district and is in line with key decisions we have on major schemes and future operations.

“However we still face challenges to seek funding for further highway improvements on roads within the district to support new development.”

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the schemes on Monday as part of the government’s growth initiative.

The improvements – which council bosses say support new homes and create job opportunities – will start in 2014 and are expected to be completed by March 2015.