Government rejects funds for North Kirklees ‘orbital relief road’

COUNCIL officials are still hoping to attract funding for a multi-million pound motorway link road, despite missing out on Government development cash.

Back in July it was revealed that a route, dubbed the North Kirklees Orbital Road, was being mooted by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a public body that aims to attract investment and jobs to Yorkshire.

While there is no set route or cost, the scheme would link junction 25 of the M62 at Brighouse with the M1 at junction 39, near Horbury.

It would potentially wind for 15 miles from Cooper Bridge through Hartshead, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury and Ossett.

The A-road could take 86 hectares of agricultural land, three hectares of woodland and three hectares of other land.

The North Kirklees Orbital plan was put forward as a 'priority scheme' by the LEP for government development funding, but at a meeting last week it was revealed that the bid had not been successful.

Mirfield councillor Martyn Bolt, who sits on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's transport committee, discovered in papers that Government Ministers last month announced 12 schemes to receive development funding – and North Kirklees was not among them.

Coun Bolt (Con) said: "If Kirklees were pinning all their hopes of traffic alleviation due to Local Plan development on this, then they're going to have to go back to the drawing board. The scheme is floundering."

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "The council has had no further feedback from Government on the Growth Deal submission which includes the North Kirklees Orbital Road.

"However the council is still keen to attract development money for this scheme and will be considering how to take this work forward once feedback from the Department for Transport is received.”

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