Huge £200m programme of major road schemes taking place in Kirkless

Several projects across Kirkless have started with the aim of improving the road network.

Projects include the Cooper Bridge, the A62 Leeds Road into Huddersfield, the widening of the A629 Halifax Road and the A629 Wakefield Road.

Kirklees Council has created a new Major Projects Service to handle the enormity of the work, which will see investment in walking, cycling, public transport and major highway improvements.

The team is working on 20 major transport schemes to be achieved by money released by the government. Some will be paid for via £1bn released to the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund, according to a report by the Dewsbury Reporter.

Other projects – such as transforming public transport hubs and interchanges – will come from the Department for Transport’s £317m Transforming Cities fund.

That will be match-funded locally to the tune of £164.5m and will be spread across the Leeds City Region. Kirklees will benefit from the cash along with Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.

Some schemes are being jointly promoted, with Kirklees partnering with neighbouring authorities to deliver cross-boundary projects.

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