Work starts soon on �38m scheme to cut congestion on York outer ring road

Work starts soon on �38m scheme to cut congestion on York outer ring road

Work begins next month to upgrade the first of seven roundabouts on York's outer ring road in a bid to cut congestion and journey times.

Widened

Wetherby Road roundabout will be widened to create a three-lane approach and two-lane exit. Cyclists will also benefit from a council-funded off-road cycle route between Rufforth and Acomb.

Work will take place between 7:30am and 4pm on�weekdays, with the potential for evening, weekend and some overnight work at points before the improvements are complete next spring. Motorists can expect minor delays as the roundabout�s approaches and exits will have a reduced, 30mph limit throughout the works.

Accelerate

The �38 million York Outer Ring Road improvements programme, which will take up to four years to complete for all seven roundabouts, 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.

Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s Investment Committee, said: �It�s great to see this progress on the York Outer Ring Road scheme. This is another example of how our Transport Fund is helping to bring forward transport improvements that will make a big difference to people, communities and the region�s economy, by making it easier to travel to work and leisure opportunities around York and the surrounding area.�

Cllr Peter Dew, York's executive member for transport and planning, said: �These roundabout upgrades will reduce journey times and congestion, and improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists.

�We�re starting the first roundabout while we develop plans for the other, more complicated schemes.

�We�ve designed the works so that lane closures won�t be required for most of the scheme, so there should only be minor disruption.�

The council is also asking for views on proposals to upgrade the second roundabout in the scheme, at Monks Cross and�people have until Friday 1 June to comment.

People can have their say:

  • online
  • at the council�s West Offices on Station Rise, YO1 6GA.

All comments will be reviewed and changes to the design made where possible. The decision on the final layout will be taken at a public Executive Member for Transport and Planning Decision Session meeting later in the year.�