Major work on three roundabouts is to take place this summer to beat tailbacks between Bradford and Leeds.

Congestion-busting schemes described by Leeds City Council as “ambitious” will be carried out on Horsforth, Rodley and Thornbury Barracks roundabouts from July until April to signalise all three.

Work on Horsforth roundabout has been planned for some time and now the other two roundabouts are also due to benefit from major improvements.

Plans to introduce traffic lights at Rodley roundabout on the outer ring road at a cost of £3.5million are set to get a green-light next week.

The council says the roundabout, which is used by 44,000 vehicles every day, is key in reducing congestion in the Rodley and outer west Leeds area.

The Thornbury Barracks and Rodley roundabout projects are benefiting from Local Pinch Point Funding totalling £4.8million.

Leeds City Council was successful in bidding for funding through the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund, which is designed to remove bottlenecks on local highway networks.

Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development, councillor Richard Lewis, said: “The rules around the Local Pinch Point Fund are that it must be spent by April 2015 so the timing of the works has been dictated by these rules.

“As we neared the beginning of work at Horsforth roundabout funding for Rodley and Thornbury became available.

"Because this needs to be spent by April next year and to ensure we address the issues in this area for the long-term, we must carry out the work concurrently.”