Funding boost to cut road congestion

by lindawilkinson on 9 June, 2013

I’m pleased that Kirklees Council has secured funding to alleviate congestion at pinch points. Some of this has been allocated to the junction of Wakefield Road and Waterloo Road, which is ranked as one of the fifteen most congested in West Yorkshire. The junction handles high volumes of local traffic and traffic heading to and from the M62 and M1, including HGVs.

Traffic regularly backs up here, causing delays travelling into and out of Huddersfield, and it also has a knock on effect for Quarry Lane and Lascelles Hall Road, as drivers use them to avoid this junction.

The plan involves a complete redesign of the junction. Direct right turns from Wakefield Road into Waterloo Road will be banned but a re-positioned gyratory will allow access to Waterloo Road, reducing pressure on the existing T-junction. New pedestrian crossings and lights are also planned. Engineers have estimated that it will cut waiting times on Wakefield Road by up to 18%.

Although the work is to be welcomed, I’m also consulting residents of Quarry Lane and Lascelles Hall Road to understand and respond to their concerns about rat running.

The work is scheduled to last from April to December 2014.

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