Transport chiefs are currently working on plans for another junction on the M62 near Bradley Wood.

The Highways Agency has told the Examiner the proposal is for a new junction, 24a, 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.

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Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney has met with Department for Transport staff to press the need for action.

After recent chaos on the motorway network, Mr McCartney said: “I do think another westbound junction is a solution to the problems. If there are two miles of queuing traffic people try to nip in and that causes all sorts of problems.

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“People realise that if they miss it at Ainley Top there’s miles to go before the next junction at Saddleworth and then back again, so people are trying to nip in which has caused accidents.

“I was involved in a shunt in 2009 by another car doing the same thing.

There is no magic or quick solution nor one that wouldn’t have an impact somewhere. A westbound junction would mean works leading to it.”

A new junction on the M62 between junction 24 and 25 has been proposed by Kirklees Council and promoted by the West Yorkshire Transport Fund, with the aim to support economic growth and reduce congestion in the area.

Site of proposed new M62 junction
Site of proposed new M62 junction
 

The MP says it’s something his constituents have raised with him, as he added: “I get emails and tweets about it and I am following the progress.

“I also know how they feel, I did that journey for a few years.

“It can be horrible and I don’t envy my constituents who have had to face one thing after another.

“I am speaking to and working closely with the Department for Transport on this.”

The news comes as work is due to begin at Ainley Top.

The busy roundabout is set to be widened to three lanes with traffic lights – funded by the developer behind a new major housing estate in nearby Lindley.

Works on the M62 in recent years have included the managed motorway scheme between junction 25 and junction 30 and an upgrade to the central reservation.