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Congestion to be tackled at ‘notorious’ Leeds-Bradford junction

PIC: Tony Johnson

PIC: Tony Johnson

A notorious junction on the Leeds Bradford border is to get traffic lights in a bid to tackle congestion and safety concerns.

Thornbury Barracks roundabout is the site of severe congestion at peak times which often causes long tailbacks.

The proposed scheme, which is estimated to cost £3.4million, has been successfully awarded grant funding from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point fund.

Works will include creating lanes through the middle of the roundabout in both main directions, traffic lights, reorganisation of the lanes, pedestrian and cycling facilities, bus stop upgrades and improved street lighting.

The outdated subway will also be removed.

Leeds City Council executive board member for the economy and development councillor Richard Lewis said: “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.

“We’re delighted this junction has received this sizable chunk of funding.

“The roundabout is on a major link with Bradford and is increasingly busy.

“Thornbury Barracks junction is also a key feature in our cycle network.”

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