A REPORT which could shape the future of the Leeds Road corridor is dangerously flawed, the Examiner can reveal today.
The bumper 85-page Kirklees Strategic Economic Zone report outlines how the council plans to develop the area.
But vital timings analysing congestion between Sunnybank Road, in Mirfield, Cooper Bridge and the M62 have been dubbed "laughable".
The report says that during morning and evening rush hours it takes just two minutes and 20 seconds to travel the two miles from the Peacock pub on Leeds Road at Bradley Mills to Cooper Bridge.
But when the Examiner timed the notoriously grid-locked route it took seven minutes, 31 seconds.
Kirklees officials also say the trip from the M62 at Brighouse to Cooper Bridge along Wakefield Road takes three minutes.
But our reporters timed it at 11 minutes, 32 seconds.
Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt said he was amazed when he saw the timings.
He added: "Anyone who has ever driven along this road whether at peak times of not knows how laughable these times are.
"The traffic snarls up throughout the day from the M62 and in the mornings and evenings coming from Sunnybank Road towards Cooper Bridge.
"It is clear no-one has properly been out and seen these roads at the times when they should have. I have no idea how they came to these conclusions."
Up to 5,000 jobs could be created in the huge £250m economic scheme, but Clr Bolt is now worried there could be other errors in the report.
He said: "If there are simple errors like this, then what else is not correct?
"It worries me because these are massive plans that will change Leeds Road and the surrounding areas a lot. If they are looking to improve traffic flow under the idea that at the moment you only have to wait for these times nothing will improve.
"Then, with the added traffic the development along the corridor will create, these surrounding roads are going to get even worse."
But Kirklees highways department is refusing to do the study again.
A spokesman contradicted the report, which clearly states the research was gathered during peak times.
He said: "The travel study involved a large number of journeys at different times of day. The figures quoted are the average times that these took. There are no immediate plans to repeat the study."