MOTORISTS will benefit from a road improvement in the Colne Valley.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet yesterday approved spending £705,000 to improve Meltham Road and Chain Road in Marsden.

The repair work will include road reconstruction, drainage improvements and more dropped kerbs for pedestrian access.

Work on the nearly two-mile stretch will start this month and finish in August. Temporary traffic lights will be used and parts of the road will be closed at some times.

Clr David Hall, Cabinet member for highways, said: “I’m sure motorists and residents will welcome this.”

The Conservative added that his party had dealt with a backlog of road repairs since taking control of the council in 2006.

Lib Dem Colne Valley councillors also welcomed the spending.

Clr Nicola Turner said: “This is excellent news and it’s about time. That section of the road is in a dreadful state and is clearly in need of improvement.”

Clr Margaret Fearnley agreed.

She said: “The potential for drivers to go faster after the work is completed is a concern, but dodging potholes can also be dangerous.

“We need to ensure all our roads are ‘fit for purpose’.”