West Leeds: Junction safety scheme starts

Stanningley Bypass.
Stanningley Bypass.
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Work to redevelop a major west Leeds junction has started this week.

A six-week programme will see improvements made to the junction of the Stanningley Bypass with Swinnow Road.

Work has this week started in a bid to improve traffic flow at the congested junction which can be extremely busy at peak times.

Two mini roundabouts will also be installed and the rest of the road will be resurfaced as part of the scheme.

A zebra crossing and traffic island will be installed at two points on the junction in a bid to boost pedestrian safety.

Along with the improved traffic flow, these changes will make it much easier for pedestrians to cross the junction and access Bramley Train Station and the nearby Morrisons supermarket.

We believe these proposals will make the roads and junctions safer and easier to use.

Local councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and the economy, has welcomed the scheme and believes it will be make the roads and junction safer.

Coun Lewis (Lab, Pudsey) said: “As the junction with the Stanningley Bypass is busy and difficult for pedestrians to use.

“Many residents felt cut off from the nearby local amenities including the rail station and Morrisons.

“We believe these proposals will make the roads and junction safer and easier to use for both drivers and pedestrians.

“We look forward to seeing the works completed in the next few weeks.”

The authority’s highways officers have pledged to keep disruption over the next six weeks to a minimum with work taking place outside peak times and avoiding weekends.

Temporary traffic lights and road closures will be in place and there will be road closures whilst the carriageway is resurfaced.

The works are the latest in a series of changes, including speed bumps and other traffic calming, to reduce speeding along Swinnow Road.

The work will continue for six weeks.

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