Plan to ease congestion at Leeds traffic bottleneck is approved

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A multi-million pound scheme to ease congestion at a Leeds traffic bottleneck has been given the green light.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced £2.4m in funding for major improvements to Rodley roundabout.

The £3.5m project will involve the full ‘signalisation’ of the roundabout, which stands at the junction of the A6120 outer ring road and the A657 Rodley Lane and is used by 44,000 vehicles per day. Pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities will also be provided on all four of its approaches. Work on the Leeds City Council-led scheme is due to start next summer.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for development and the economy, said: “This money is very welcome and will go a long way to helping reduce congestion and improve traffic flow in this area. These improvements will make a real difference to the movement of traffic in west Leeds.” The Rodley project is one of 25 roads schemes around the country given the go-ahead by the Government today.

Ministers also announced the formation of an expert taskforce that will examine electrification possibilities for rail routes including Leeds-Harrogate-York and Leeds-Sheffield.

Mr McLoughlin said: “These projects will benefit communities up and down the country and help keep Britain moving.”

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