First of seven ring road roundabouts upgraded
The first milestone in a project to reduce congestion on the Outer Ring Road has been reached as the upgrade to Wetherby Road roundabout is now complete.
Road users can now take advantage of increased capacity at the roundabout, allowing traffic to flow though the area quicker.
The upgrade has provided additional lanes on the ring-road entry and exit, with three lanes on the approaches and two on the exits from the roundabout.
The £38m programme will see seven roundabouts upgraded, as well as improvements to cycle and pedestrian facilities.
Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “Upgrading Wetherby Road roundabout is the first step in an ambitious project to improve journey times on the outer ring road. The full benefit will be seen when all seven roundabouts are upgraded. All our designs are future proofed to ensure that dualling can be incorporated into the scheme if we can secure funding to make it happen.
“I’d like to thank residents, businesses and commuters who have been patient with us during the works, but I am certain that the short term disruption will be well worth it when the full scheme is complete.”
Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “The York Outer Ring Road upgrade project is a long term upgrade which will give real benefits to residents, businesses and commuters.
“As part of our wider transport strategy, we will also continue to identify opportunities to support cycling, walking and sustainable transport, as we must continue to work towards our goals of improving public transport and air quality in the city.”
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “Our programme of West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund schemes is designed to encourage growth from which everyone across the Leeds City Region can benefit.
“The £38 million York Outer Ring Road improvements programme is a crucial scheme that by improving travel flows and speeding up journey times will have a significant effect by supporting projected local housing and employment growth and I’m glad to see this important first stage complete.”
Work is set to start early this year at the Monks Cross roundabout. It is also hoped that the scheme will be linked at the earliest possible opportunity with the dualling upgrade programme to minimise disruption subject to the confirmation of funding from the Department for Transport.
The York Outer Ring Road improvements programme is being funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal - a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
For more information about the York Outer Ring Road roundabout upgrades visit www.york.gov.uk/yorr