New homes prompt roads ‘master plan’

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MAJOR changes are planned to the road network in Pontefract to support more than 1,600 proposed new homes.

Highways chiefs at Wakefield Council say highway infrastructure improvements are needed across the town to keep traffic flowing and stimulate regeneration.

The council is drawing up a master plan of highways improvements after 1,620 new homes were allocated for the town in the authority’s Local Development Framework – approved by councillors on Wakefield Council earlier this month.

Potential highways schemes which are under consideration include changes to junctions of the following roads: Southgate and Baghill Lane; South Baileygate and North Baileygate; North 
Baileygate and Mill Dam Lane; Mill Dam Lane and Ferrybridge Road.

The 1,620 new homes are planned for land north of The Chestnuts at Pontefract; land north and south of the railway between Knottingley and Ferrybridge Road; land east of Cobbler’s Lane; land at Willowdene Lane; land at the Western edge of Lady Balk and land off Monkhill Lane.