Improvements are to be made to reduce traffic build-up at the Dyneley Arms crossroads.
Leeds City Council has been working for some time on ways to cut delays at the A660/A658 junction near Bramhope – especially for motorists waiting to turn right towards Pool-in-Wharfedale.
Now the council has come up with a scheme that will involve changing the timing of the right-turn filter signals for Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds and Leeds to Pool traffic, and adding an arrow sign.
In its response to Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale), who has been lobbying for improvements, the local authority’s Urban Traffic Management and Control unit said: “I am pleased to be able to tell you we have at last found a way of relieving this queue without compromising the safety improvements that were implemented a few years ago.
“The plan is to run the separately-signalled right turn from the airport in every other cycle – unfortunately increasing their delay slightly.
“The time gained from this will allow us to give the Leeds to Pool right turn an indicative arrow. This may need to be given every other cycle as well, depending on traffic.
“Of course, on cycles where the arrow is not lit, people can still turn right as they do now.
“I would expect an arrow on alternate stages to remove the existing queue.
“In order to implement this we need to change a few details in the design – the stage order, move the airport approach stop line, possibly re-cut the detection loops, as well as erecting the new arrow signal.
“We are able to do this work out of our current refurbishment budget but it will need programming in with other on-going schemes, so it may be three months before we can get it done.
“I am sure the improvement will be significant and welcome.”
Coun Anderson said: “I would like to thank residents for helping me to lobby for this change on their behalf.”