Major improvements for Thornbury Barracks junction
A notorious junction in Leeds is to get traffic lights thanks to an improvement scheme tackling congestion and safety concerns.
Thornbury Barracks roundabout on the A647, the main road between Bradford and Leeds, is the site of severe congestion at peak times which often causes long tailbacks.
It also has a history of accidents with 19 occurring there since 2008 – mainly caused by lane changing conflicts.
The proposed scheme, estimated to cost £3.4million, has been successfully awarded grant funding from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point fund.
Works will include creating lanes through the middle of the roundabout in both main directions, traffic lights, reorganisation of the lanes, pedestrian and cycling facilities, bus stop upgrades and improved street lighting. The outdated subway will also be removed.
Installation of priority traffic lights for buses are furthermore expected to increase the reliability of First Group’s number 72 hyperlink bus service – a high frequency service which runs every seven minutes during the day Monday to Saturday.
Leeds City Council executive board member for the economy and development councillor Richard Lewis said:
“This scheme will vastly improve this badly congested junction, which we’re sure commuters will welcome with open arms. Works will cause some disruption but it will be short term pain for long term gain.
“We’re delighted this junction has received this sizable chunk of funding. The roundabout is on a major link with Bradford and is increasingly busy.
“Thornbury Barracks junction is also a key feature in our cycle network. We have been able to plan for the pinch point at the same time as the cycle superhighway meaning we have a joined up solution vital to a safe and working junction.”
The roundabout is a key feature of Leeds City Council’s bid to introduce a network of cycle routes across the city.
As construction of a cycle super highway connecting Leeds and Bradford by a 23km cycle track approaches, the opportunity is being taken to make the junction more cycle friendly.
Typically the signalisation of a roundabout like this can reduce the number of accidents by 40 per cent per year.
The Local Pinch Point Fund granted to this scheme is a Government fund worth £170m designed to remove bottlenecks on local highway networks, which are impeding growth.
The fund is designed to promote economic growth through rapid development of schemes for the removal of transport barriers.
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