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Video: Have your say on Armley Gyratory revamp plans

West Leeds residents can have their say on multi-million pound plans to revamp busy Armley Gyratory.

The Gyratory is a major entry/exit point for traffic travelling through and into the city with an estimated 100,000 vehicles passing through it daily.

An initial consultation held last year saw concerns raised over delays for motorists and bus users, contributing towards poor air quality and impacting negatively on local residents and businesses in Armley and New Wortley.

New plans unveiled today feature;

  • New and improved cycling and pedestrian routes through the gyratory
  • To improve traffic flow through the junction, better timings for traffic lights and reduced speeds to 30mph
  • New landscaping to the south east of the gyratory
  • Improvements to air quality, safety and the local environment for residents in New Wortley and Armley
  • Re-aligning northbound traffic, moved away from the residential area
  • New traffic signals and better pedestrian crossing facility on Wellington Road near the residential area

The public can give their views on this scheme online until Monday 23 September.

Two public drop-in sessions will be held at New Wortley Community Centre on Tong Road. The first runs 10am to 2pm Saturday 7 September and the second at 5pm to 8pm Tuesday 17 September.

new wortley community centre
Venue: New Wortley Community Centre

These improvements are part of Connecting Leeds, the council’s transport strategy for the city.

The next step will see a planning application submitted in autumn 2019, with expected construction to start later in 2020 and take two years to complete.

Executive board member for climate change, transport and sustainable development, Councillor Lisa Mulherin said the plans support the closing of Neville Street to through traffic, a pedestrianised City Square and development of the South Bank. She added:

“These proposals support our vision to create a more people friendly and accessible city centre, with improvements to air quality. They will help to remove unnecessary vehicle traffic into the city centre, for the benefit of public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists. This is key to unlocking more pedestrianised areas in the heart of the city.

“In addition, the Armley Gyratory proposals offer significant benefits for local communities to travel into the city centre, with improved cycling and pedestrian facilities.

“These proposals will tackle congestion and traffic flow, which by reducing the emissions of noxious and greenhouse gases, will help to protect everyone’s health and ultimately lower the city’s carbon footprint.”

For more information go to the Connecting Leeds website or @ConnectingLeeds on Twitter.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Where as this looks good in principle, is it going to be another case where traffic is going to be disturbed for at least 2 years and for what ?
    Is it going to improve the traffic flow or just increase people’s journeys home or to place of work ?
    At present the inner ring road / A58 is horrendous and backs up from the gyratory into the city, along merrion way, clay pit lane and down to sheep scar.
    This is the main route west bound out of the city and by adding lots of traffic lights is not going to help the flow of traffic.
    The build up starts near Eland road and then backs right up through the city along the A58 and in some cases onto the A64.
    I would love to know how much it has cost for similar so called improvements to Rodley and Horseforth roundabouts, as these too are horrendous and cause traffic build up and delays. On no account have these improvement schemes helped the flow of traffic but in my opinion been counter productive.
    WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND TAX PAYERS MONEY.
    More traffic lights is not the answer, I don’t know if the highway planners or engineers live in Leeds, but red lights mean STOP !
    A more pragmatic approach with green lights to get traffic flowing is needed.
    Where does the build up start, prioritise getting traffic away from the city centre on major routes.
    AS NOT MANY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, WHY NOT SUBSIDISE PEAK TIMES ON THE BUSSES TO GET PEOPLE TO USE IT. THIS COULD BE PAID FOR BY A NOMINAL INCREASE IN COUNCIL TAX TO FUND IT.
    MORE traffic lights is not the answer and as a resident who often uses the gyratory I dread to think of the impact and cost this is going to cause.

  2. Reducing the speed limit to 30mph is going to slow the traffic progress.I would have thought that traffic at 40mph you are going to get more vehicles through this junction.

  3. The section of the scheme that goes across the traffic island should really pass under the circular island thus allowing traffic from the Ingram Road distributor onto the A58M section without traffic lights. Not to do so is to spend a whole lot of extra money for no benefit in enhanced traffic movement.

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