A MAJOR road linking Huddersfield to the M62 will be improved.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet voted yesterday to spend £720,000 on the Edgerton Road and Halifax Road.

Work will start this month on a mile-long stretch of the road from just north of the Blacker Road junction at Edgerton to the Cavalry Arms at the corner of East Street, Lindley.

Clr David Hall, Cabinet member for highways, inspected the road last month. He said: “It’s in urgent need of repair, as I saw.”

The improvements – which will include road reconstruction, pavement resurfacing and better drainage – are expected to take four months.

Temporary traffic lights will be used during most of the work.

When work close to the Blacker Road traffic lights is taking place traffic leaving Huddersfield will be diverted via Edgerton Grove Road, Westbourne Road, New Hey Road and Thornhill Road.

Clr Tony Brice, who represents the Lindley ward, welcomed the spending.

He said: “There’s been a problem with that road for some time. It’s great that the Conservative Cabinet has put so much money into the roads. When I was first elected in 2004, Lindley had some of the worst roads in Kirklees.”

In February and March Kirklees highways officers asked councillors representing the Greenhead and Lindley wards for their views on the proposed work.

Greenhead Labour representative Clr Barbara Jones replied: “I am pleased that you are planning some improvements, although this length of road does not come to mind as in great need.”

The Cabinet also received a petition from Clr Brice calling for a puffin crossing at the Cavalry Arms junction to help schoolchildren cross safely.