Road plans up for talks

Four schemes will be discussed by councillors on Monday in a bid to ease traffic congestion.

These include a by-pass that deals with congestion along the A641 from Bradford Road at Bailiff Bridge to Huddersfield Road towards Kirklees, upgrading the A629 Calderdale Way from Ainley Top to Halifax, upgrading the Caldervale railway link from Leeds to Manchester and improvements along the A58 at Stump Cross and Hipperholme.

All four are part of a list put forward by Calderdale Council in a bid to secure a share of the £1 billion investment fund, known as West Yorkshire Transport Fund to develop transport infrastructure road schemes.

Kirklees Council has included on its ‘wish list’ a new junction on the M62 between Rastrick and Bradley to be known as J24A and improvements as the junction at Cooper Bridge. Both of which have the support of Calderdale.

Both authorities are working with four others, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and York, to develop the fund that each will be asked to contribute to.

The bill for Calderdale in 2013/14 is £176,000, and the following year it would be £291,000. By 2022/23 the authority would be expected to contribute a predicted £4.2 million. The figures are not definitive as contributions will adjust once further detailed work is undertaken to assess the phasing of scheme development and borrowing requirements.