Turning back the clock at Pontefract’s congested Town End junction

Town End junction, Pontefract
Town End junction, Pontefract
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A DELAYED scheme to replace traffic lights with two roundabouts at a notoriously congested junction in Pontefract is expected to get underway in the new year.

Wakefield Council announced plans for the scheme at Town End junction in February 2011.

Town End, which did have two roundabouts before they were replaced by sets of traffic lights in a 1996 council scheme, was earmarked as a transport priority after it was found to have the worst traffic congestion levels in Wakefield district.

Work on the £600,000 scheme was due to start in spring 2012 and be completed by last autumn.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, told today’s (Wednesday July 23) full council meeting: “The last piece of the jigsaw is now in place. We had to acquire a piece of land and that’s now been done so we can go out to tender for the work, which will hopefully start in the new year.”

Neil Rodgers, the council’s service director for planning, transportation and highways, said work at Town End is expected to be completed by next summer, adding: “We are committed to improve Town End junction.”

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