A £1.3m project to build a new road structure in Ferrybridge will create more than 100 new jobs and transform the Five Towns into a power point for Yorkshire.
A new roundabout at Dish Hill – which could be completed within a year – will give direct access to the A162, and take pressure off the High Street, which is used by heavy lorries from the SSE power station and other industrial sites.
The project will lead to 12 construction jobs and indirectly a further 98 jobs being created.
The council has said it will safeguard 472 jobs at power station and create 109 jobs at their new low-carbon multi-fuel plant.
Developments at the power station could see the number of lorries passing through rising to 200 a day.
Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This is excellent news for Ferrybridge and the Five Towns and will make a big difference to people living in these communities, reducing traffic through their neighbourhoods and creating new jobs.
“Improving access to Ferrybridge Power Station and nearby industrial sites will also be a great benefit to the wider Leeds City Region area and I look forward to seeing the new road lay out completed as soon as possible.”
The funding – granted by the government’s Regional Growth Fund – was announced on Tuesday and said by the council to be “essential” in the Five Towns regeneration.
The scheme is costing a total of £1.6m, with £250,000 coming from the private sector.