Trial junction change aims to improve traffic flow as part of Armley Gyratory scheme

The Bruce Gardens junction with Wellington Road. Photo: Google

The junction of a residential road in New Wortley is set to become one way as part of multi-million work to improve traffic flow at Armley Gyratory.

Highways chiefs have been carrying out a review of the road marking design and have identified an improvement which could be made to the Wellington Road and Bruce Gardens junction to improve road safety on Wellington Road and improve capacity at Armley Gyratory.

This trial would convert Bruce Gardens to one-way out onto Wellington Road, allowing the two southwestbound lanes on Wellington Road to be ‘ahead’ only.

It is proposed to trial this change for a period of about 12 months with a planned start date on Monday, 20 May 2024.

It will include seeking the views of local residents and businesses in the early days of the trial and monitoring the effectiveness of the change.

A council report authorising the changes says the move could lead to less queuing and delay and potentially reduce rat running traffic.

It adds: “This change would be primarily to improve safety for all road users by reducing the potential for collisions associated with late lane changes on the approach to the Bruce Gardens right turn; in addition, traffic flow will be improved on the exit from the gyratory improving the operation of the junction and reducing the potential for collisions associated with sudden braking.”

The council report can be read in full here.

As reported by WLD last week, motorists are being urged to plan ahead as the next phase of works continues on the mult-million pound revamp of Armley Gyratory. The installation of the new Spence Lane footbridge over the Armley Gyratory started on Monday and works are planned to end by 11am Sunday, 19 May. It will be the second of three footbridges completed around the Gyratory with new wider and more accessible footways.

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