Green light for junction improvements at Leeds and Bradford bottleneck

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A key bottleneck in Leeds is to receive a £3.4m overhaul to cut congestion under roads improvement plans announced by the Government.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said an overhaul of the A647 Bradford Road junction at Thornbury Barracks was required to speed up traffic flow and improve safety.

The scheme was one of 62 minor road improvements approved by Mr McLoughlin as the Government seeks to invest in infrastructure to help the local economy.

“This Government is taking action on both jobs and growth,” he said.

“The schemes we have announced today are designed to target key bottlenecks around the country, making life easier for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the local road network every day.”

There was a mixed reaction from Leeds Council, however, which expressed disappointment that a second funding bid, to overhaul a roundabout on the A6120, had been unsuccessful.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for economy and development, said: “Whilst we are disappointed we didn’t get the money for the Rodley roundabout scheme, this money is very welcome and will go a long way to helping to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and bus journey times on one of the key routes between Bradford and Leeds.

“The funding will be used to address the significant congestion and road safety issues by installing signals at the junction and constructing central running lanes through the roundabout, creating bus lanes and signal priority for buses to enhance the reliability of bus journey times.”

Also approved by the Department for Transport was funding for a new £6m link road in Pontefract, designed to cut town centre congestion by linking Park Road with Skinner Lane.

Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “The new road will unlock housing and development opportunities in Pontefract, help to ease traffic congestion and improve the local transport infrastructure.”

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