On Friday 2 February 2018, a few of the Flockton Bypass Steering Group met with Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport.
"A really positive meeting, thank you to the three councillors who put our case forward in such an eloquent and informed manner. I know everything takes time but I felt like Chris Grayling really listened to our plight." – Elena Delaney (Flockton Resident)
Kirkburton Conservative Clr Richard Smith said:
"It wasn't a meeting where he could promise us anything, but it was an opportunity to discuss what's important to the residents in Flockton.
"We showed him maps and talked about the need and he emphasised how much Kirklees and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (which runs a £1bn-plus transport programme) can do.
"For us this isn't a political issue, it's a safety issue for our residents and it's an issue Kirklees should deal with.
"We want a debate in Kirklees and then we want to get the Combined Authority to consider it."