When will the roadworks on the M621 in Leeds finish?

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Motorists have been quick to voice their frustrations on social media over delays caused by roadworks on the M621 in Leeds.

And the inconvenience is set to continue over the coming weeks and months as work continues on a Highways England scheme aimed at reducing journey times.

Here is all you need to know:

What does the latest roadworks involve?

A concrete central reservation barrier is currently being installed between junction 3 and junction 6.

Narrow lanes are being installed and Highways England say for the safety of drivers and the workforce the speed limit has been reduced from 50mph to 30mph.

Highways England Project Manager Esref Ulas said: “We recognise that this is a very busy route and that is why we are carrying out these vital safety improvements.

“We would like to thank drivers in advance for their patience with our scheme so far and encourage them to allow extra time for their journeys – particularly at rush hour.”

The M621 will remain closed overnight in either direction between junctions 1 and 7. Signed diversions will be in place.

When major events are planned in Leeds city centre – such as football matches – the road closure times will be changed to minimise any delays.

The scheme is set to end in May.

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Is there any other work planned for the M621?

Yes - the next step in a £55m scheme to give drivers safer and more reliable journeys into Leeds took a major step forward.

Following a 6-week consultation held last year, three options were presented to the public on plans to improve the busy commuter route.

The proposals included junction improvements between junction 1 and 7 and additional lanes at points along the route. The preferred route includes a number of improvements which aim to reduce the causes of congestion on the M621.

This includes widening the carriageway at junction 2, closing junction 2a anti-clockwise and installing improved technology and signs along the route. The anti-clockwise carriageway at junction 3 will also be widened from 1 to 2 lanes and the way the lanes merge at junction 3 will also be changed to give priority to traffic on the main carriageway. Work could start in 2018/19.

What do Highways England say?

Highways England project manager Sarah Kearns said: “This is an exciting scheme and we look forward to moving this project to the next stage and improving the road for drivers heading into and out of Leeds.

“The option we have chosen to take forward will work well alongside the other transport and infrastructure projects taking place around the city.”

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