Drivers asked to be patient as roadworks begin on major junction

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Work on a major traffic scheme at a World Heritage Site is due to begin next month.

Commuters are being asked to show patience during six months of roadworks to improve the junction in Saltaire, which are expected to lead to delays for drivers.

The project will involve removing Saltaire roundabout and replacing it with traffic signals at the junction of the A650 and A657.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for the disruption during these essential works but I know that in the long-term, drivers, pedestrians and residents of the area will appreciate the outcome.

“A great deal of thought has gone into this project and our engineers have worked very hard to devise a scheme which solves the problems caused by the roundabout at present.

“It will bring significant benefits to this major transport corridor and also help improve road safety at the junction. We believe that the benefits far outweigh the difficulties traffic will experience during the construction phase.”

The improvements at the junction will see access from Clarence Road and Albert Road closed off to traffic. There will be a new one-way link road between Clarence Road and Albert Road, with landscaping work around the junction. The scheme also includes improvements for bus passengers with the extension of the bus lane back to the Bankfield roundabout and priority signals at the junction.

A display about the scheme will be held on July 4 at Victoria Hall, Saltaire between 2pm and 8pm.