Town link road is ‘great news’

New link road on Skinner Lane..  (p612b429)
New link road on Skinner Lane.. (p612b429)

A transport boss has heralded the progress of a multi-million pound link road as “great news” for Pontefract.

Wakefield Council believes the Pontefract Northern Link Road has the potential to create more than 1,000 jobs and improve journey times.

The road, expected to be completed by January 2015, is part of the £4.1m funding the council has received from the government’s Local Pinch Point Fund.

The scheme aims to bring many benefits to Pontefract, including improving capacity on Park Road and Town End junction as well as creating better access to junction 32 of the M62.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “The progress of Pontefract Link Road is great news for the district and will provide a boost to our local economy.

“The scheme will have an important role in helping to reduce town centre traffic, improving pedestrian and cycle facilities, as well as reducing air pollution from traffic.”

Contractor North Midland Construction started work on the 1.5km single carriageway from Park Road to Skinner Lane, Monkhill earlier this month.

Chris Davidson, development manager of Harworth Estates redevelopment of the former Prince of Wales Colliery, said: “We’re delighted that work is beginning on the Northern Relief Road. The regeneration impact that the road will have in opening up new housing and employment land is enormous, in addition to reducing congestion, and we applaud Wakefield Council for bringing the plans to fruition.”

The road is just part of planned work in the area, which includes improvements to Monkhill Station and key junctions, new links to the town centre through Colonel’s Walk and new cycle links.

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