Work starts on highway improvement works to Roundhay Road
Improvements to Roundhay Road in Leeds have started this week.
Following a comprehensive public consultation and close working with local councillors, the local MP and businesses during 2012-13, the Roundhay Road Improvement Scheme has now been approved.
The highway improvement scheme will tackle the issue of road safety in the area and will consist of an enforced peak period outbound bus/cycle/taxi lane, the introduction of traffic signals at the Shepherd’s Lane junction; one-way streets to facilitate traffic signals; improvements to and the provision of additional pedestrian crossing facilities; formalised traffic lanes and turning manoeuvres to improve road safety. A review a review of the parking restrictions along this section of Roundhay Road to meet local needs will also be undertaken.
Roundhay Road, between Harehills Road and Gledhow Road, is ranked ninth on the council’s Accident Lengths for Concern List 2007-2011. During a review of the accidents occurring, it was identified that one of the main influences was congestion at periods when traffic normally began to queue in two lanes. The situation led to pedestrians being masked and drivers failing to see one another when carrying out turning manoeuvres and emerging from side streets.
In order to tackle these issues, the scheme will make better use of the existing wide road space to give priority to buses, while also providing formal and informal crossing points for pedestrians with minimum disruption to traffic flow.
As one of the most congested corridors in the city at peak times, it is hoped that improving bus journey times will encourage more commuters to use the bus as an alternative means of transport and reduce the number of cars using this corridor.
The work has started this week, and is due to be completed before Christmas with the majority of the works being carried out during off-peak periods.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy, said:
“We have had a lengthy period of discussion on this scheme with residents, local businesses, the local MP and ward members in the area and have brought together an improvement scheme to address both the road safety issues and the peak-time congestion problems.
“With this area being in the top ten on our accident concern list it is important that we get this work done.”
For updates on the project visit www.leeds.gov.uk/roundhayrd
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