Stanningley Bottom improvement scheme – new start date and road closures revealed

Some of the faded markings on the roundels at Stanningley Bottom. Photo: Darren Bullough

A £100,000 scheme to resurface notorious Stanningley Bottom will begin on Monday 15 April, Leeds City Council has today confirmed.

Work at the junction, which has been labelled ‘the worst in Leeds‘, was due to begin earlier this month but a late notice from Northern Powergrid for emergency works delayed the start date.

Highways chiefs hope the changes will make the junction at Stanningley Bottom safer to use, with proposals including restoring the deteriorating road surface, and changing the two continental-style ’roundels’ into mini-roundabouts, as well as adding relevant signage and markings to make them clearer to motorists. There are also plans to improve the two existing pedestrian crossings.

Work will commence from Monday, with the following arrangements:

  • Weekdays: Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April between 9.30am–3.30pm, under temporary traffic signal control. Works to the kerbing, footways and drainage shall be carried out during these hours.
  • Evenings: Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May between 7pm-12am with a full road closure. Carriageway resurfacing works, fixing loose ironworks in the carriageway and provision of new road markings shall be carried out during these hours. Signed diversion routes shall be in place using local A and B-classified routes to avoid the works area.

A letter has been sent this week to residents and businesses in the area, updating them of these proposals and signs will be placed on site shortly to provide advanced notice of the road closures.

The scheme was originally planned to be completed last year, after being given the go ahead in March 2023. It follows calls in 2022 from Conservative, Green and Labour councillors on both the inner and outer west community committees for an urgent package of improvements in the area, which has been subject to complaints by motorists about its safety and deteriorating road surface.

The road layout was first introduced as part of the CityConnect cycle superhighway project back in 2016 and has already been subject to revision since then following a local petition and a campaign by local businesses and road users.

WLD has featured the issues surrounding Stanningley Bottom since they were first raised by residents and motorists.

Sponsored content


  1. Shall we start taking bets on how long it will be before one of the utilities starts digging holes again after these works are completed?

    • Idsfbfd: As we report on here, they are already digging it up! I went to Lidl today (18th April) and there were traffic queues and temporary lights. ( I use the word temporary guardedly, as they seem to be more permanent then temporary.)


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.