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ROBERT KEY WELCOMES M1-A1 LINK DECISION

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Robert Key, Minister for Roads and Traffic today announced that the M1-A1 Motorway link to the south east of Leeds ...
Robert Key, Minister for Roads and Traffic today announced that the M1-A1 Motorway link to the south east of Leeds has been given the go-ahead by the Secretaries of State for Environment and Transport. Their decision follows a public inquiry held in January and February of this year into the proposals for a new 19-mile long route costing £200 million.

More than 2,500 jobs will result from the design, supervision and construction of the new road. It could also be expected that the supply of services and materials to the contract would provide further employment opportunities.

Speaking in Leeds today Mr Key said the announcement is excellent news. 'This road will provide 8 missing link in the network of nationally important roads and is a major step in creating a motorway link between London and Newcastle.

'Good transport links are vital for the economic welfare of the country. This road will help to boost the economic fortunes of the region and be of particular benefit to the community and business interests of east Leeds. There will be a reduction in travel times for a considerable number of drivers. Other benefits include the removal of through traffic, including 8,000 heavy goods vehicles a day from the centre of Leeds. There will be a major impact on road safety with up to 150 fewer road accidents a year in the Leeds area.'

The Scheme will be built in three stages. The first stage involves building a dual three lane motorway between the M1 South of Leeds and the A1 at Hook Moor. The second stage involves widening the M62 to four lanes from Tingley (Junction 28) eastwards to Lofthouse, improving the Lofthouse Interchange (Ml/M62 Junction) and widening the Mt northwards to a new junction at Belle Isle. The third stage will widen the Al to dual four lane motorway between Hook Moor and Bramham and improve the A1-A64 junction at Bramham Crossroads. All three stages should be completed and opened to traffic at the same time.
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