Green light for M62 junction 24a

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A £1.4bn programme of transport improvements for the region - including a new motorway junction on the M62 between Brighouse and Ainley Top - has been agreed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Road improvements, rail line upgrades and increased opportunities for park and ride at more accessible stations are among schemes to be undertaken as part of the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

More than 30 projects are scheduled for completion by 2021, with a further six scheduled for delivery by 2025.

These include creating a new junction 24a on the M62 off the A641 Bradford Road, south of Brighouse.

Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Place, Coun Peter McBride, said: “This scheme will unlock the economic potential of the whole area, is much needed and has been a priority for us for some time.

“Our priority now is to work with partners to ensure that it is delivered in a way which focuses on improving access to business, access to employment opportunities, and making the most of the employment land we have.

“Today’s announcement is another step on the way to achieving that goal.”

He added that the scheme is a huge plus, improving connectivity between Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford, linking them all together and more quickly to the M62.

Other projects in the Brighouse area include improvements to the A641 Bradford to Huddersfield corridor, and improving access to the A62 Cooper Bridge junction.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Coun Stephen Baines, said: “This is great news for the region, providing the essential investment in our infrastructure which is needed to fuel economic growth, create new jobs and stimulate business productivity. For Calderdale it will bring improvements to the A629 Halifax to Huddersfield corridor, to Halifax town centre and much needed enhancements to the Calder Valley rail line.”

Combined Authority Chairman Coun Peter Box said: “This vital programme of transport development focuses on delivering benefits which transcend district boundaries. They will improve businesses to business and employees to businesses links, unlock areas for potential commercial and housing development and give companies and individuals better access to the strategic national transport network.”