Thursday, 3 November 2011

Media opportunity - New south Leeds road scheme to tackle congestion

A new scheme to tackle congestion on a key commuter route in south Leeds is now complete.

The £3m Leeds City Council scheme on the A653, Dewsbury Road / Beeston Ring Road junction is aimed at reducing congestion, improving the journey times and reliability of bus services and improving safety with additional facilities for pedestrians and cyclist.

The scheme, which was a year in construction, has involved widening the Beeston Ring Road approach to the busy junction, optimising the signal timings to reduce congestion on A653, Dewsbury Road, building a bus priority lane on Beeston Ring Road and a pedestrian crossing at the Gypsy Lane junction for children from Cockburn High School. A 1.2km shared footway / cycle way has also been built to further improve the access to the high school from neighbouring communities.

What: Year 7 school-children from Cockburn High cross the new Gypsy Lane pedestrian crossing with Cllr James Mckenna, Leeds City Council lead member for city development.
When: Friday 4 November, 1pm, meet at Beeston Ring-Road and Gypsy Lane junction opposite the Tommy Wass pub.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said:
“This is an important scheme aimed at tackling congestion and improving public transport on a major commuter route. It has also provided safe routes to school for schoolchildren and I am delighted that the scheme is now complete and in use.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602