A MULTI-MILLION pound motorway link road could be a step closer after government funding was granted to help develop plans.
The £110m North Kirklees orbital road scheme that could link the M62 with the M1 has been boosted by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s decision to spend £247,000 on looking at potential routes for what could be a dual carriageway around the district.
One option would go through Dewsbury and exit near Ossett. The road could wind for 15 miles from Cooper Bridge through Hartshead, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury and Ossett and would link junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse with the M1 at junction 39 near Horbury.
If the plans get the go-ahead, the road could take up to three years to construct.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The council has successfully secured a grant of £247,000 from the Transformational Funding Pot, which is part of the West Yorkshire Transport Fund.
“This grant will be used to look at route options for North Kirklees orbital. The work will also assess the benefits of the scheme.
“In order to bid for funding the council has to submit an estimated cost for the project they are wanting to investigate. Our current estimate is £110m.
“Both the cost and timescales are dependent on the outcome of the further feasibility work.”