Council bosses are preparing to spend £400,000 on hi-tech roadside signs that will keep Leeds motorists up to speed with the latest traffic information.
A total of 11 electronic display boards giving details about disruption caused by accidents and other events have been in place in the city since summer 2011.
Now Leeds City Council has decided to expand the information system with the purchase of an additional 10 signs.
They will be 60 per cent larger than the existing display boards, which are officially known as Variable Message Signs (VMS).
A number of the new devices will be pressed into action on routes on the outskirts of Leeds, including the A63 Selby Road, A64 York Road, A61 Harrogate Road, A660 Otley Road and the A647 near Dawson’s Corner.
Local authority chiefs say their installation will help to keep the city on the move during high-profile occasions such as the opening stage of next year’s Tour De France cycle race.
A council report on the purchase decision says: “The Tour de France Grand Depart is a good example of a major event which will have significant implications for traffic in Leeds over a number of days.
“The proposed VMS signs would play a very significant role for this and future events and incidents in ensuring that the travelling public know how the road network will be affected and at what times.”
The report says work on installing the signs should get under way in October, with the project scheduled for completion next March.
It also says that the existing boards showed their worth by keeping drivers informed about disruption caused by recent improvement work on the Leeds Inner Ring Road. Those signs, most of which are in the city centre, will remain in service following the new purchases.
The report adds: “The existing [signpost] bases and poles were installed by our current street lighting contractor, which worked very well in conjunction with providing the necessary power supplies to the poles. We would look to use this system again.”
* The first stage of 2014’s Tour de France is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of fans. Taking place on July 5 and starting from Leeds city centre, it will pass through Harewood, Otley and Ilkley before finishing in Harrogate.