Outer Ring Road: New cycle superhighway moves a step closer

Junctions such as this at Geldard Road could have been improved

£19 million improvements to beat traffic congestion on the Outer Ring Road – including a potential new cycle superhighway through West Leeds – have moved a step closer to reality.

Leeds City Council has awarded a £266,000 contract to transport specialists WYG Environment Planning and Transport Ltd to develop a feasibility study for a raft of improvements to reduce problems with traffic congestion.

A council report released this week says congestion is evident on a daily basis, particularly at the junctions with the A58 (Whitehall Road) and A62 (Gelderd Road).

Concerns have also been raised about the A6110 junctions to the south of M621 Junction 1, particularly with the A643 (Elland Road, Manor Mill Lane), and the junction which provides shared access to both the White Rose Office Park and the White Rose Shopping Centre in south Leeds.

Proposals also include potential segregated cycle facilities to link with the cycle superhighway in Stanningley and a further six new pedestrian crossings along the A6110.

The report stresses proposals are at an early stage and will be subject to a full public consultation.

The feasibility study is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which has agreed for the scheme to be delivered after 2021.

The report can be read in full here.


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