Transport plan to create 2,300 jobs for city

Kirkgate roundabout,Wakefield Oct 2012
Kirkgate roundabout,Wakefield Oct 2012

Major improvements to the transport system are expected to create 2,300 jobs in Wakefield in the next 10 years.

West Yorkshire’s five councils, plus York, have agreed to create a £1bn transport fund which is part of the Leeds City Region ‘deal’ signed with the government last summer.

And a report to be discussed by Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee on Tuesday said the fund would bring new jobs and make it easier for people to access work.

Projects that are due to be completed within 10 years include the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, which is part of Spawforth’s new housing development in Eastmoor, and roundabout improvements at Kirkgate and Ings Road.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “This will help secure real investment in our future infrastructure, allowing us to boost the local economy by increasing access to jobs and skills.

“By working on a county-wide basis, the significant investment will mean improved traffic and public transport infrastructure and really improve the economic prospects for current businesses, attract more businesses to locate here, and encourage people to live in the region rather than take their knowledge and income elsewhere.”

The City Deal, which includes a £400m investment fund partly funded by the government, also aims to get more young people into work.