Wakefield Council makes U-turn over Dewsbury Road plans

Traffic on Dewsbury Rd, Wakefield
Traffic on Dewsbury Rd, Wakefield

Council bosses have made a U-turn over their plans to redevelop Dewsbury Road after motorists, business owners and residents rejected the scheme.

Wakefield Council wanted to ban certain traffic movements and introduce bus priority lanes between George-a-Green Road and Waterton Road to reduce delays.

But after the Express reported on plans in January, we were inundated by letters from readers complaining that the proposals were not necessary and could endanger children walking to school.

And in a rare move, the council announced this week that they would scrap the scheme completely following complaints about safety and the effect on businesses.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “We have carefully considered all the responses received, both for and against the scheme. We thank everyone for their feedback and respect their views.

“We will always put the needs of residents first, therefore, after listening to the concerns raised, we have decided not to proceed with the scheme.”

The council had planned to ban right turns into George-a-Green Road, and make part of Cross Lane one-way in order to prevent motorists from using it to join Dewsbury Road.

They claimed the plans would make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

But business owners on Cross Lane were furious, saying they’d lose passing trade if the road became one-way.

Dale Goodwin, the manager of Cross Lane Garage, said: “We get a lot of trade passing by the garage in if they can only come past in one direction then it would limit that. We’re pleased that they’ve decided not to go ahead with it.”

In 2010, the council had to revise their plans for the £4m North Wakefield Gateway after fierce opposition from the One Way, No Way group.

But they still pressed ahead with the scheme even though campaigners were not convinced by the changes.

A one-way system was introduced to the north of the city centre despite protests that it was not needed.