A £16 million scheme to improve roads between Leeds and Bradford is set to go before a panel of regional decision-makers, writes Richard Beecham.
Improvements expected to take place on the A647 corridor, which runs from Armley gyratory to Leeds Road gyratory at Thornbury could see further works to improve cycling and bus provision on the roads.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) investment committee is expected to agree to £15.9m worth of funding for the scheme at a meeting next week.
Work is set to include replacing current high occupancy vehicle lanes on Stanningley Road with extended bus lanes and further bus priority measures at traffic signals.
It is also set to include improvements to the Armley Road/Ledgard Way
junction and Pickering Street, reducing ‘delays to general traffic and improving safety for all users’, as well as ‘segregated lanes to complement the Leeds Bradford cycle superhighway’.
A report by WYCA officers added:
“The scheme aims to promote modal shift from car to bus, taking up to 210,000 car kilometres off the road network following completion, helping to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions on a key transport corridor with adjacent residential and education uses.”
WYCA hopes the scheme can also reduce bus journey times, make bus stops more accessible and lead to a ‘reduction in the severity of accidents’.
Construction is expected to start this May and be completed in June 2021.