A647: Green light for junction improvements to improve bus times.

5 May 2019

Detailed designs to give buses the priority around the busy junction of Armley Road, Canal Street and Gloucester Terrace in Armley have been signed off by council chiefs.

The £129,232 package of improvements feature measures to automatically control traffic flow through the junction.

These include new bus and traffic detection loops located in the bus lane, bus stop and approaches to the toucan crossing, and linking the toucan and bus gate signals

A council report acknowledges that the measures won’t improve traffic flow for cars, but will improve the situation for buses. It says:

“Results of traffic modelling have shown that Package 5a would enable the junction to operate with similar queues, delays and degrees of saturation as in the do nothing scenario.

“It is also anticipated that implementation of linked MOVA at the toucan crossing and bus gate will allow buses to be given effective priority through both sets of signals, thus improving bus journey times and reliability.”

It adds:

“Leeds transport infrastructure represents a major challenge for the city. Years of under-investment and its impact on the city’s economy and quality of life means a comprehensive package of interventions need to be progressed over the next decade.”

The scheme is a part of a wider set of £9 million improvements earmarked for the A647 Bradford to Leeds Bus Priority Corridor, which aim to reduce bus journey times by ten to 15 minutes.

Measures include significant improvements to the Ledgard Way junction. The corridor also includes the B6157 Stanningley Road/Bradford Road through Stanningley, as the principal route served by buses and connects the communities of Armley, Bramley, Stanningley, Farsley and Pudsey with Leeds city centre.

Plans are also being worked up for improvements at the Armley Gyratory.

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