Council chiefs have given the green light for further measures to reduce traffic congestion between the Horsforth and Rodley roundabouts.
The downhill exit onto the A6120 Ring Road from Horsforth Roundabout, heading towards Rodley, is still causing considerable traffic congestion at evening peak times – despite multi-million pound improvement work carried in 2015 on both roundabouts.
Leeds council has now decided to alter the current lanes near the roundabout to a single lane uphill, allowing two lanes to be maintained for longer in the downhill direction.
A council report says this will “significantly extend the merge length” on the downhill stretch and alleviate congestion at Horsforth roundabout.
If the temporary changes are a success they will be implemented on a permanent basis.
The report acknowledges the measures will make it difficult for traffic to pass cyclists safely. Cyclists will be encouraged to use existing footpaths.
The report concludes:
“The changes that were made to Horsforth Roundabout in 2015/16 have had a largely positive impact with increased capacity and more consistent journey times through the junction.
“However, post-scheme monitoring has identified times when congestion continues to occur and on-site inspections have identified possible mitigation measures.
“Proposals to alter the traffic lane designations are considered to offer an opportunity to smooth the flow and further reduce congestion at a modest cost, which will represent good value for money … to the improvements already made.”
No exact cost is given for the improvements, but the report says they can be accommodated within the original scheme for Horsforth Roundabout and with the current level of staffing resource.
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