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£0.5M road stabilisation work to begin

Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire has secured £500,000 of extra funding from Department of Transport (DfT) for strengthening a section of the major route, which runs through Holmfirth and Shepley and connects Kirklees to the M1.

The A653 Holmfirth Road has suffered ongoing instability issues for over 50 years. The stabilisation work will involve a new reinforced concrete retaining wall to stablilise ongoing ground movement and prevent the existing retaining wall from collapsing.

A council spokesperson said: “The need for works came about as the retaining wall and carriageway kept collapsing periodically following adverse weather. This led to partial road closures and disruption for drivers for many months at a time.

“This is not a new problem, with attempts to resolve the issue going back as far as 1950’s. The proposed remedial works will provide a more permanent solution and will put an end to the problems experienced in the area, securing this key route, which also connects Kirklees with Penistone, Barnsley and Wakefield for years to come.”

The work starts this week and will take around four weeks to complete.

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