A notorious junction in Leeds is to get traffic lights thanks to an improvement scheme tackling congestion and safety concerns. Thornbury Barracks roundabout on the A647, the main road between Bradford and Leeds, is the site of severe congestion at peak times which often causes long tailbacks.
It also has a history of accidents with 19 there since 2008 – mainly caused by lane changing conflicts.
The scheme, estimated to cost £3.4million, has been awarded funding from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point fund.
It's hoped the number of accidents will be reduced by 40% per year.
“This scheme will vastly improve this badly congested junction, which we’re sure commuters will welcome with open arms. Works will cause some disruption but it will be short term pain for long term gain.
– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council
The roundabout is a key feature of Leeds City Council’s bid to introduce a network of cycle routes across the city.
As construction of a cycle super highway connecting Leeds and Bradford by a 23km cycle track approaches, the opportunity is being taken to make the junction more cycle friendly.
The M62 between junction 29 Lofthouse and junction 30 Rothwell will be closed overnight in both directions on Saturday 2 February for gantry works. The road will be closed from 8pm on Saturday until 9am on Sunday and a diversion will be in place via the M1, A639 and A642.