Plan to upgrade Leeds congestion spots

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A £30m plan to try and ease congestion at key road junctions in Leeds is set to be considered by councillors next week.

The Dawsons Corner roundabout, in Stanningley; the crossroads where Leeds Road crosses the A658 between Leeds-Bradford Airport and Pool-in-Wharfedale; and the junction of Fink Hill with the Outer Ring Road, in Horsforth, could all be upgraded.

Councillors will be asked to approve the spending of £1.25m to draw up detailed plans for the junctions.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for transport, said: “It is early days with these proposals so it is important to stress they are initial plans and now we need to have the full and proper consultation and discussions about them.

“The need to improve all of these junctions is important not only to improve traffic flow and air quality, but also they are essential links to future housing growth and developments and for people to be able to access jobs more easily with consistent travel times.

“Alongside the recent improvements at Thornbury Barracks and Rodley Roundabout these junctions are vital for keeping our city moving, so we have listened to what people have told us and now we must work together to make sure we get these improvements right so everyone benefits.”

If the schemes go ahead, the majority of the money is likely to come from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the body which brings councils together to work on areas including transport improvements.

Leeds City Council could also contribute to the cost of the Dawsons Corner upgrade.

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