Transport chiefs are to commit more money into looking at the benefits of a new junction on the M62 near Huddersfield.

And it will see a feasability study completed by the end of the year.

The study will look at the plans for a proposed junction 24a at Rastrick.

It would ease traffic congestion at Ainley Top and Brighouse .

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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority investment committee are expected to give an additional £700,000 to the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund for the study.

If feasible the project could be delivered by 2021.

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Highways England have previously expressed interest in the scheme concept and potential benefits that it may offer to the Strategic Road Network in terms of congestion relief on the mainline motorway and at junctions 24 and 25.

But they have been unable to fund any initial feasibility work proposed.

Kirklees Council have also discussed the merits of the plans.

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The Highways Agency has told the Examiner the proposal is for a new junction where the M62 crosses the A641 bridge near Huddersfield Road and Bradley Wood at Fixby .

A Highways Agency spokeswoman said: “We are working with Kirklees Council to look at the feasibility of a new junction on the M62 between junction 24 and 25.

“The study is in its very early stage and no plans have been drawn up detailing possible junction designs.”

The specific concern is for a westbound exit to ease pressure on Ainley Top but the Highways Agency is looking at all options.

The West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund will undertake an extended feasibility study with works to be completed later this year.