Traffic upgrade finally finshed after 10 months worth of road delays

Coun Richard Lewis at the completed Thornbury Barracks roundabout following an improvement scheme.
Coun Richard Lewis at the completed Thornbury Barracks roundabout following an improvement scheme.
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A major road improvement scheme to reduce congestion on a major arterial route in west Leeds has been completed.

The 10-month project at Thornbury Barracks aims to improve access on the road network between Leeds and neighbouring city Bradford.

The £3.4million scheme has been designed to reduce traffic congestion, improve accessibility and connectivity on one of the busiest road sections in the city. The work which began last summer was funded by Leeds City Council through the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point bidding process. Three lanes have been created through the middle of the roundabout, traffic signals have been installed and pedestrian and cycling facilities have been improved.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for transport and economy, said the improvements will make a “major difference”.

He said:“We are delighted that this improvement project at the Thornbury Barracks roundabout is now complete as it will make a major difference to access and safety on one of the key roads in the city connecting Leeds and Bradford.

“It has been a lengthy project to carry out so I would like to thank everyone for their patience and would ask for that to continue a little longer while the new road system settles down in the coming weeks.”

New road markings and signage are now being put in place by contractor Colas Ltd.

Colas Ltd business manager for Leeds, Michael Holmes said: “This project presented significant logistical obstacles that had to be overcome to ensure a safe and practical delivery whilst working in a high traffic environment on one of the major arterial routes between Leeds and Bradford.”

Similar improvement schemes are currently being carried out at Rodley and Horsforth roundabouts.