Council highways engineers have said problems with traffic delays in Stanningley caused by ongoing roadworks should start to ease in coming weeks.
A series of roadworks have been in the area for several months – and some frustrated drivers have reported delays of up to 50 minutes in the Stanningley Town Street area.
It’s understood the works are now due to be finished by 4 November 2022.
The issue has been taken up by Councillor Kevin Ritchie (Lab, Bramley & Stanningley), who has received the following response from a highways engineer, who explained the works had been ‘severely hindered’ by technical problems.
“Our officer visited this yesterday afternoon, he reported traffic was flowing reasonably well, and there was someone there from the traffic management company manually operating the lights,” said the engineer. “It is however, difficult to maintain traffic flow on Town Street without some delay to the Lidl car park side, and it is very much a balancing act to minimise disruption on the main route
“He walked the site and spoke with the site operatives, and for this difficult part of the work they will be working through the weekend to get this finished as soon as possible, and hoping to be completed with three-way lights by Monday.
“The works have been severely hindered and slowed down by the depth of concrete in the road, which is approximately one metre thick, from Monday they will be continuing with further works between Grangefield Road and Old William Street which will require the use of less disruptive two-way lights.
“They are hoping to have the works on Town Street with two-way lights completed within the next two weeks and the whole scheme, which includes some side road works completed by 4 November.
“We fully understand the frustrations caused by these essential works, but feel there is now some light at the end of the tunnel.”
One frustrated driver posted on social media: “50 minutes it took me to get out of the Home Bargains car park yesterday, it was bedlam. There were lots of flared tempers, definitely an accident waiting to happen. I’m glad it’s not going to last much longer.”