By ANISAH ARIF
Getting stuck in traffic and slow journey times are among many complaints around the Cooper Bridge area in Kirklees among the A62 and the A644 area.
Kirklees Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council, is currently considering a number of options aimed at reducing congestion.
There are now three different options for changes to the road layout, all of all of which feature a link road from the A644 Wakefield Road to the Bradley junction. All of the options are now available to see on the Have Your Say website and people are asked to complete a survey to tell them what they think by 18 January 2019.
Designed to address issues of congestion and slow journey times, the proposed changes also aim to improve air quality. These plans are likely to be welcomed by commuters and regular users of the Cooper Bridge roundabout and surrounding roads.
The scheme is part of a much bigger programme of road improvements across Kirklees, and is funded through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.
For people who prefer to see the plans in print, there are a series of drop-in events where they can also talk to the team involved in planning the changes:
Every event will run from 3-7pm
- Thursday 6 December 2018– Bradley & Colnebridge WMC
Colne Bridge Rd, Huddersfield HD5 0RH
- Monday 10 December 2018 – The Room, Brighouse
The Old Town Hall, Thornton Square, Brighouse HD6 1EA
- Tuesday 11 December 2018 – St Thomas Church Bradley
St Thomas Gardens, Huddersfield HD2 1SL
- Wednesday 12 December 2018 – Huddersfield Town Hall
Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA
- Monday 7 January 2019 – The Roberttown (former WMC)
Roberttown Ln, Liversedge WF15 7LT
- Tuesday 8 January 2019 – Battyeford BC Pavilion
442A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 0EE
- Thursday 10 January 2019 – Bradley & Colnebridge WMC
Colne Bridge Rd, Huddersfield HD5 0RH
An unstaffed exhibition is now open in Huddersfield Library until Friday 18 January 2019.
Cabinet member for Economy and Infrastructure, Councillor Naheed Mather said: “Congestion at Cooper Bridge is a long-standing issue and I know that lots of people will really welcome these plans. By building a link road we’re looking to reduce pressure on the Cooper Bridge roundabout and reduce journey times for everyone.”
Joint portfolio holder Councillor Peter McBride said: “Over the next few years we will see a significant investment in some of the busiest roads in Kirklees; only last month we shared details of plans for changes further up Leeds Road towards Huddersfield town centre. Together these schemes can make the changes that people have been asking for, for a long time.
“There are approximately 50 landowners who could be affected by one or more of the options in these proposals – nine of these are actual properties, the rest are plots of undeveloped land. We have contacted everyone who could potentially be affected and at this current stage we’re only anticipating that we would need less than a handful of properties in their entirety. For the size of the scheme and the benefit once it’s complete, the overall impact on property and land is small. ”
Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “Cooper Bridge is an important part of our programme of West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund schemes designed to support inclusive economic growth, new jobs and housing across the City Region.
“I would urge everyone who lives in the area or who uses the route regularly, to look at the options being proposed and to have their say”
The West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region. The aim is to create around 20,000 new jobs and add £2.4 billion a year to the economy by the mid-2030s.