RUSH hour congestion is still being used to ease pressure on the M62, the mayor of Mirfield claims.
Clr Martyn Bolt hit out at Kirklees Highways Department, saying they were ignoring the views of the public to please the Highways Agency.
He said one of the biggest trouble spots was Cooper Bridge roundabout on the outskirts of Mirfield.
Clr Bolt said these jams were being used to slow traffic from getting on to the M62.
"Every day cars back up along the A62 and people have to wait whether they are coming from or going to Mirfield," he said.
"Something has to be done there and soon. I have been talking to Highways for a long time now about Cooper Bridge and we have not moved forward.
"I think they are protecting the M62 by allowing queues at rush hour on the connecting roads."
Now Clr Bolt is worried major housing developments in Mirfield will mean more cars and Cooper Bridge will reach gridlock.
"Clifton, Hartshead and Roberttown will begin to see a huge increase in traffic because of the queues associated with the motorway," he said.
"People will drive round the congested area and this means creating rat runs through the villages."
He said that one solution would be another lane of traffic at Cooper Bridge so that Huddersfield-bound traffic could be filtered away from the M62 approaches.
But Kirklees transport manager Jeff English said:
"We are working to see what improvements we can make to the A62 corridor," he said.
"We have to find ways of managing our traffic flows that complement the wishes of the Highways Agency and their roads."