Work planned to roundabouts to beat Horsforth congestion

Ilkley Gazette: Work planned to roundabouts to beat Horsforth congestion Work planned to roundabouts to beat Horsforth congestion

Major work on three roundabouts is to take place this summer to beat tailbacks in and around Horsforth.

“Congestion-busting” schemes described by Leeds City Council as “ambitious” will be carried out on Horsforth, Rodley and Thornbury Barracks roundabouts from July until April 2015 to introduce signals on all three.

Work on Horsforth roundabout has been planned for some time and now the other two roundabouts will benefit from major improvements.

Plans to introduce traffic lights at Rodley roundabout on the outer ring road at a cost of £3.5million are set to get a green light next week.

The council says the roundabout, which is used by 44,000 vehicles every day, is key in reducing congestion in the Rodley and outer west Leeds area.

The Thornbury Barracks and Rodley roundabout projects are benefiting from Local Pinch Point Funding totalling £4.8million.

Leeds City Council was successful in bidding for funding through the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund, which is designed to remove bottlenecks on local highway networks.

Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “The Horsforth roundabout scheme is being funded from a number of other sources, but has been scheduled to begin this summer for some time.

“As we neared the beginning of work at Horsforth roundabout funding for Rodley and Thornbury became available. Because this needs to be spent by April next year and to ensure we address the issues in this area for the long term, we must carry out the work concurrently.

“This is a major undertaking to improve a badly congested key section of the outer ring road.

“There will be some disruption, but we are doing all we can to minimise it and will ensure we do not work at peak times. Every effort is being made to carry out this work in the shortest time possible.”

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