More delays for Pontefract Town End project

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Work on a £600,000 scheme to ease congestion at Pontefract’s notorious Town End junction has been further delayed.

The work - due to start at the beginning of this month - has been postponed until the new Pontefract Northern Link Road - from Park Road to Monkhill - is completed.

The link road work was due to be finished this month but repairs to a damaged culvert have caused delays.

Neil Rodgers, Wakefield Council’s service director for planning, transportation and highways, said: “Repair work to a culvert has caused a slight delay so the scheme is now set for completion mid-February.

“Work on the Town End junction will begin once the link road has been completed.”

Council bosses first announced plans for changes at Town End in February 2011 after the junction - which had a double roundabout system until 1996 - was earmarked as a transport priority after it was found to have the worst traffic congestion levels in the Wakefield district.

Work to turn the junction back to two roundabouts was due to start in spring 2012 and be completed by last autumn, but the plans were put on hold as the council needed to buy a piece of land on Wakefield Road.

The work is now expected to get underway around the end of February and be completed by the summer.

Pontefract councillor Tony Dean said: “It’s important to wait before starting the Town End work because it would lead to traffic and congestion at both ends of Park Road and Jubilee Way.”