A by-pass for Brighouse and a new M62 link?

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Money from the Leeds City Region transport fund could pay for a by-pass to relieve traffic congestion in Brighouse.

It might also enable a new junction to be built on the M62 at Rastrick, councillors have been told.

The need for major road improvements has become more urgent due to revised house building targets.

At least 2,000 new properties are expected to be built in Brighouse and 1,000 in Elland during the next 15 - 20 years, according to the Local Plan, which was approved for public consultation at last night’s meeting of Calderdale Council.

Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins told the council he had raised the issue of a by-pass and motorway link with West Yorkshire council leaders.

“These are just proposals at the moment,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden). “There could potentially be huge traffic developments in the Brighouse area as part of the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.”

Councillor Ann Martin (Lab, Brighouse) said the sooner the roads were built the better it would be for the town.

“No matter what time of day you drive through or around Brighouse, the traffic can be a nightmare.

“It is is just a possibility at the moment - I am sure it is going to be a long time in the making and there will be extensive public consultation,” she said.

Councillor Christine Beal (Con, Rastrick) said it was the first time she had heard of the proposals but it would be fantastic if they came to fruition.

A new motorway junction between Rastrick and Bradley would benefit the fire service which is due to build a new fire station in the Clough Lane/New Hey Road area, to replace the existing stations in Elland and Brighouse.

Full story in next week’s Courier.