Transport chiefs are tomorrow expected to give the green light to a near £3m package of improvements across West Yorkshire.
The project is expected to include major roadworks at sites in Huddersfield and Halifax, to ease traffic jams, and improvements to the railway stations in both towns.
Councillors on the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority are being asked to approve £2.7m of funding to get 29 transport schemes underway at a meeting tomorrow.
Covering the five West Yorkshire districts and York, the schemes have been developed under the £1bn West Yorkshire ‘plus’ Transport Fund proposals and could be ready by 2015.
Improvements to the A629 Halifax – Huddersfield corridor and Salterhebble junction
An upgrade of the Cooper Bridge junction
Extra parking at rail stations
Metro chairman Clr James Lewis said: “All of the schemes in this report have been developed to meet the West Yorkshire Transport plus Fund’s key aims of enhancing connectivity generating additional economic investment and creating jobs.
“If approved by my ITA Executive Board colleagues on Friday, preparatory and consultation work can begin to make this package of ‘early win’, ground-breaking transport developments ready for delivery in 2015.”
Finance for the schemes will come from the funds currently being held by the ITA to support the progress of work ahead of the creation of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in 2014.
The Government have allocated millions of pounds to the regions to improve transport infrastructure.
News that the Cooper Bridge scheme is included will be welcomed by thousands of drivers.
The work is set to include improvements to the Wakefield Road running from the Cooper Bridge roundabout to Junction 25 of the M62 .
There will also be work on the junction itself to ease traffic congestion.
Huddersfield Railway Station’s subway is to be improved and work will also get under way on the planned Platform 9 for the station.
The work includes:
Halifax Station (quality, capacity)
Halifax- Huddersfield A629 Corridor Improvements - Phase 1 - Salter Hebble junction
Phase 4a - Halifax town centre , eastern relief road - Define Town Centre Masterplan
Huddersfield to Cooper Bridge plus Cooper Bridge junction
A644 Cooper Bridge to J25
Huddersfield Station Phase 1: Subway and Phase 2: Platform 9 (connectivity)
A653 Leeds- Dewsbury Corridor