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Last Updated: Monday, 12 January, 2004, 15:52 GMT
Deputy PM opens new road
John Prescott
Mr Prescott officially opened the new 47m relief road
A multi-million pound road designed to ease traffic congestion in West Yorkshire has been officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

The three-mile long Bingley Relief Road, costing about 47m hopes to cut the town's traffic problem by 60 per cent.

On Monday lunchtime Mr Prescott declared the transport link officially open.

The project will not only improve transport links in the busy Aire Valley corridor, but cut the number of motorists using surrounding moorland roads as rat-runs.

The road opened to traffic on 22 December 2003 and stretches from Crossflatts roundabout to a new roundabout at the Bankfield Hotel in Cottingley.

At the opening ceremony Mr Prescott said: "Local people have campaigned long and hard for this road and it is great that the project has been successfully delivered ahead of schedule."

But the Green Party has said the new road would simply displace the volumes of traffic into Saltaire and Shipley.

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