A CALL has been made for a “pause” to road-building plans across West Yorkshire.

Green Party councillors in the region are seeking a review of schemes funded by West Yorkshire’s combined authority.

A spokesperson said the move followed publication of a Government transport decarbonisation plan containing a pledge to review the national £27 billion road construction strategy.

The Green Party says that of the £875 million allocated as part of a West Yorkshire transport fund, £660 million is earmarked for road-building programmes compared to just under £20 million for new railway stations.

Bradford district councillor Matt Edwards said: “New roads create new traffic. More traffic not only means more environment-wrecking emissions being pumped into the air, but it has a disastrous effect on the health of people living near these roads. We need a whole new approach to transport.”