£55m Leeds M621 upgrade plan ‘will be a congestion-buster’

Drone photography of M621 and Leeds area. 'Picture by Rob Howarth/Stella Pictures Ltd.
Drone photography of M621 and Leeds area. 'Picture by Rob Howarth/Stella Pictures Ltd.
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A £55m congestion-busting upgrade of a Leeds motorway has been announced, with work expected to start in 2020.

The project to improve the M621 - one of the city’s busiest and notoriously congested commuter routes - has just been unveiled by Highways England.

The creation of a “freeflow” link at the notorious Elland Road bottleneck, and improvements to traffic movement at the equally congested Armley Gyratory, feature highly in the proposed works package.

Project bosses say the work will “boost capacity and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region”.

The options being explored include improvements between junctions one and seven, additional lanes at points along the route and more signage.

The project is expected to cost around £55m and is due to start in 2020, subject to achieving all the necessary approvals.

A series of exhibitions are being held in communities near the affected junctions, including Beeston and Holbeck, as part of a six week consultation.

People in Beeston can see the proposals at the Hillside Enterprise Centre in Beeston Road today from 10am to 4pm.

The event moves to Holbeck’s St Matthew’s Community Centre next Saturday, September 16, from 10am to 4pm.

Highways England project manager Sarah Kearns said: “This is an exciting scheme that will help improve motorists’ journeys and cut congestion in Leeds. We look forward to people coming along to these events to find out more and have their say.”

She said it was “too early” to predict the level of disruption, but stressed the concerns of the local community would be a key factor in pulling together the final works package.