Kirklees Council’s Cabinet will consider a proposal to spend nearly £12 million carrying out improvement work on the district’s unclassified roads.
The councillors will consider the decision at their Cabinet meeting on January 19.
The network of unclassified roads is over 1,440 kilometres or 895 miles long, which is roughly the same as Land’s End to John O’Groats. These roads and pavements are also an important part of the infrastructure in local communities, particularly as more people are walking and cycling in response to the pandemic and travel restrictions in place.
Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The maintenance and improvements to our transport network are vital for the development of Kirklees as a places where people want to live, work and visit,” according to a report by the according to Telegraph and Argus.
“We know that one size doesn’t fit all and recognise the diversity and strengths to be found across Kirklees. This is why our officers worked closely with local ward councillors to identify which roads should be included in the programme of works.’
“If approved, this will be an investment of £11.8million, which includes over 120 schemes across the 23 wards and aims to tackle those in need of immediate repair as well as improving pavement conditions.’
“These improvements will also have a positive impact on encouraging more of our residents to walk or cycle which is not only good for our health but for the improvement of our air quality.”