Building new relief road for the City Fields scheme will ease congestion

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The building of a new by-pass on the east side of the city is expected to be approved by councillors.

The council’s planning committee will consider plans to build a new road to accommodate more traffic after hundreds of homes are built.

The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road would stretch from the A642 Aberford Road in the north to the A638 Doncaster Road in the south.

Permission has already been granted for 500 houses near Aberford Road as part of the City Fields scheme, which could eventually lead to more than 2,500 homes being built.

The new road would include bridges, embankments and a new roundabout at the junction of Bar Lane and Aberford Road.

A report to Thursday’s planning meeting said: “It will cross the river Calder and the Wakefield –Normanton – Castleford rail line, and will be an integral part of the East Wakefield Urban extension, which in turn is considered the most significant economic development site in the district.”

The planning application is recommended for approval by the planning committee on Thursday, despite 13 letters of objection.

Concerns included the destruction of wildlife, noise , aid pollution, increased traffic and road safety and the possible risk of flooding.

The report said the new road would make housing developments on the east of the city possible.

It said: “It will also enhance the local highway network, reducing problems of congestion, ensuring good access for local communities by providing an alternative route around Wakefield city centre.

“It will help to reduce congestion and increase accessibility to jobs and services.”