Traffic Signals at Horsforth Roundabout get the Green Light
Senior councillors in Leeds are set to give the green light to a £2.8million scheme tackling congestion at one of the city’s busiest roundabouts.
New traffic signals will be introduced this summer at Horsforth roundabout, which is currently the focus of severe congestion, especially during peak periods.
This congestion is due to high volumes of traffic approaching from both the A65 and the Outer Ring Road, which converge at the roundabout.
Leeds City Council’s highways and transportation team has developed a scheme to ease congestion which would see the introduction of new traffic signals managing traffic flow through the junction avoiding blockages from stationary traffic on the roundabout.
Initial works will involve some advanced diversion of underground services before the main highway works commence later this year – the main works are expected to take eight months to complete.
The need to tackle this issue has been ramped up by planning approval being granted for a major new housing development on the site of the former Clariant Works off Calverley Lane, which will result in an increase in local traffic levels.
Central Government funding has also recently been secured to contribute towards further signalisation work on Rodley Roundabout, at the adjacent junction on the ring road. The detailed design for this scheme is currently being draw up.
Leeds City Council executive board member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:
“Horsforth roundabout can be a nightmare to traffic from all directions and regardless of the nearby development we would have taken action to improve conditions for road users.
“This is a huge scheme which will take some time to complete but it will transform a vital roundabout on our road network. I believe the scheme, along with the improvements planned for the Rodley roundabout, will prove transformational to the movement of traffic in west Leeds.”
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