THREE MAJOR transport projects are expected to take a significant step forward this week.
Councillors are due to approve spending of £4.6m to develop detailed proposals for a raft of transport schemes across West Yorkshire.
They are also recommended to move three projects - a park and ride scheme in the Aire Valley, the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road and the Pontefract Northern Relief Road - closer to final approval.
West Yorkshire councils and York are working together to improve transport in the area and have produced a list of projects they hope will be backed by a joint £1 billion fund.
Discussions are ongoing with the Government over how the fund will be paid for but in the meantime councillors want design and costing work on the schemes to be completed so they are ready to go when once the money is in place.
Each project is tested at three stages - known as ‘gateways’ to make sure it will give value for money.
On Thursday, councillors on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Investment Committee are expected to say the Aire Valley and Wakefield schemes have passed the first gateway while the Pontefract project will move to the second and third stages.
The park and ride scheme in the Aire Valley would be the first part of a wider package of transport improvements in the area which would include a new north-south link road, a river bridge and changes to the existing junction with the M1 at junction 45.
The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road and Pontefract Northern Relief Road are both seen as important measures to reduce congestion and open up land that can be used for new houses and businesses.