Thornbury bottleneck roundabout revamp proposal welcomed as a boost to Bradford

Thornbury Barracks roundabout

Bottleneck roundabout revamp proposal welcomed as a boost to Bradford

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A notorious bottleneck on the main artery between Bradford and Leeds is to get traffic lights in a bid to ease snarl-ups and reduce accidents.

The Thornbury Barracks roundabout on the A647 is often the scene of severe tailbacks and congestion at peak times.

The road is also an accident blackspot with 19 incidents since 2008.

Leeds City Council is spending £3.4 million to tackle concerns about safety and traffic congestion at the roundabout, with the scheme winning grants from the Department for Transport’s Pinch Point fund.

Details of the project have been greeted with delight in Bradford.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for transport, said Bradford is set to benefit twice over from the Pinch Point Fund.

“We had already got money for improvements along Canal Road, and although the roundabout is a Leeds scheme, the work will be a huge boost for us. So Bradford is a double winner,” she said, adding that work on both schemes should be starting soon.

Councillor Mohammed Shafiq (Lab, Bradford Moor), whose ward borders the area, said: “This is wonderful. We welcome any investment along this road. I use the A647 five days a week and it is very, very busy with a number of accidents.

“It affects my constituents who have to travel to nearby schools and should make life much better for them.”

Coun Shafiq said speedier journeys into Bradford would boost development such as the Westfield Broadway shopping project in the city centre.

“Improvements will support what we are aiming for in the long term – to promote visibility for Bradford,” he said.

Works will include creating lanes through the middle of the roundabout in both main directions, traffic lights, reorganisation of lanes, pedestrian and cycling facilities, bus stop upgrades and better street lighting. The outdated subway will also be removed.

Priority traffic lights for buses are expected to increase the reliability of the number 72 hyperlink bus service – which runs every seven minutes during the day, Monday to Saturday.

And as a cycle super-highway connecting Bradford and Leeds by a 23km track approaches, the works could also be a chance to make the junction more bike-friendly.

Leeds City Council, executive board member for the economy and development, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “This scheme will vastly improve this badly congested junction, which we’re sure commuters will welcome with open arms.

“Works will cause some disruption, but it will be short-term pain for long-term gain. The roundabout is on a major link with Bradford and is increasingly busy.

“Thornbury Barracks junction is also a key feature in our cycle network. We have been able to plan for the pinch point at the same time as the cycle superhighway, meaning we have a joined-up solution vital to a safe and working junction.”

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9:56am Wed 26 Feb 14

Truth77 says...

It is a rubbish scheme, Will make matters worse not better, Also IF the scheme DID work it would only increase traffic and congestion at the next roundabout which is only a few hundred yards further on.
It is a rubbish scheme, Will make matters worse not better, Also IF the scheme DID work it would only increase traffic and congestion at the next roundabout which is only a few hundred yards further on. Truth77
  • Score: -6

11:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

Andr3wKay says...

well done for actually highlighting this notorious roundabout!
I really do hope it helps because on a morning instead of getting from Leeds city centre to Bradford centre via this route, it is actually quicker to use the M621, M62 and M606! Shocking I know.
Also I have attempted to cycle this route a few times but this and the Stanningley by-pass roundabout are a real concern for cyclists. Lets hope it helps which I'm sure it will
well done for actually highlighting this notorious roundabout! I really do hope it helps because on a morning instead of getting from Leeds city centre to Bradford centre via this route, it is actually quicker to use the M621, M62 and M606! Shocking I know. Also I have attempted to cycle this route a few times but this and the Stanningley by-pass roundabout are a real concern for cyclists. Lets hope it helps which I'm sure it will Andr3wKay
  • Score: 6

11:33am Wed 26 Feb 14

allannicho says...

So we have gone from Traffic lights to a Roundabout
and back to Traffic lights Ha ha !
So we have gone from Traffic lights to a Roundabout and back to Traffic lights Ha ha ! allannicho
  • Score: 10

1:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

I suppose it will make it easier for people to bob over to Leeds to spend their money.
I suppose it will make it easier for people to bob over to Leeds to spend their money. basil fawlty
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mad matt says...

Most likely be a roundabout WITH traffic lights, same as the big roundabout further down the road. If the lights can be sequenced in with any neighbouring lights, it could work.
Most likely be a roundabout WITH traffic lights, same as the big roundabout further down the road. If the lights can be sequenced in with any neighbouring lights, it could work. mad matt
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

basil fawlty says...

The cynic in me thinks that these improvements, along with the new fancy buses darting between Bradford and Leeds, with take the heat away from arguements for electrifying the railway route.
The cynic in me thinks that these improvements, along with the new fancy buses darting between Bradford and Leeds, with take the heat away from arguements for electrifying the railway route. basil fawlty
  • Score: 2

3:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

spearmint wino says...

Now Bradford council should apply to the same 'pinch point' fund to do something with Dudley Hill where Cutler Heights meets the roundabout, this is a far worse pinch point than Thornbury.
Now Bradford council should apply to the same 'pinch point' fund to do something with Dudley Hill where Cutler Heights meets the roundabout, this is a far worse pinch point than Thornbury. spearmint wino
  • Score: 6

4:52pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Stevie-C says...

looks a similar plan to what they installed outside Asda on Rooley Lane, which seems to have worked well. Will definitely be an improvement on what is there now surely?
looks a similar plan to what they installed outside Asda on Rooley Lane, which seems to have worked well. Will definitely be an improvement on what is there now surely? Stevie-C
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Mike Strutter says...

If in doubt whack traffic lights up
If in doubt whack traffic lights up Mike Strutter
  • Score: 2

12:47pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Shipleyvegas says...

mad matt wrote:
Most likely be a roundabout WITH traffic lights, same as the big roundabout further down the road. If the lights can be sequenced in with any neighbouring lights, it could work.
Except if you bothered to look at the plans you would see that is NOT what they are proposing.
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: Most likely be a roundabout WITH traffic lights, same as the big roundabout further down the road. If the lights can be sequenced in with any neighbouring lights, it could work.[/p][/quote]Except if you bothered to look at the plans you would see that is NOT what they are proposing. Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Thu 27 Feb 14

knox615 says...

Its about time something was done about this. I wrote to Leeds City Council years ago, when they changed the lanes Leeds-bound from 3 straight on down to two, and a dedicated left turn lane to Calverley. This left turn lane is not necessary, and is more used by idiot drivers who can't be bothered waiting in the two straight ahead lanes, so race down the inside and cut in on vehicles going straight on at the roundabout. Some even use this left lane to turn right at the roundabout. I've lost count of the number of near misses you see on a daily basis. Of course the only reply I got from the council was that they couldn't see a problem with it (!), basically a case of "we've made our decision and we're sticking with it".
As long as this scheme allows the use of all 3 lanes for straight ahead in both directions then it can only be an improvement. But Bradford need to play their part with putting the Gain Lane junction back to 3 lanes again (another man-made bottleneck). I've also hear rumours that they're introducing bus only lanes on some sections around Thornbury roundabout, so this might just take away any advantages of the new scheme.
Its about time something was done about this. I wrote to Leeds City Council years ago, when they changed the lanes Leeds-bound from 3 straight on down to two, and a dedicated left turn lane to Calverley. This left turn lane is not necessary, and is more used by idiot drivers who can't be bothered waiting in the two straight ahead lanes, so race down the inside and cut in on vehicles going straight on at the roundabout. Some even use this left lane to turn right at the roundabout. I've lost count of the number of near misses you see on a daily basis. Of course the only reply I got from the council was that they couldn't see a problem with it (!), basically a case of "we've made our decision and we're sticking with it". As long as this scheme allows the use of all 3 lanes for straight ahead in both directions then it can only be an improvement. But Bradford need to play their part with putting the Gain Lane junction back to 3 lanes again (another man-made bottleneck). I've also hear rumours that they're introducing bus only lanes on some sections around Thornbury roundabout, so this might just take away any advantages of the new scheme. knox615
  • Score: 2

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