'˜Ambitious' ring road improvements aim to help Leeds go green

Work is set to begin later this month to improve three outer ring road junctions in Leeds.

Leeds City Council bosses say the improvements will tackle traffic congestion, improve local air quality and provide new routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The three junctions identified for the work are on the existing outer ring road west of Red Hall, the A6120/Roundhay Park Lane junction and the A6120/A61 Harrogate Road junction.

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This will be followed by similar work to the A6120/King Lane and King Lane/Stonegate junctions later.

The work aims to improve traffic flow and boost air quality by minimising exhaust emissions from stop-start traffic, with separate pedestrian and cycle routes also created at each junction. The proposals also include the creation of a wet woodland habitat near the Roundhay Park Lane junction, which could be home to more than 1,000 trees in the future.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport, and planning, said: “We want to ensure that city’s transport corridors are as green as possible and these plans for infrastructure improvements at junctions in north-east Leeds are certainly ambitious on that score.”

View the plans at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/parking-roads-and-travel/roadworks/outer-ring-road-improvements.