BRADFORD Council is planning to infill the roundabout on Wakefield Road where a lorry driver died and crashed his vehicle in December 2015.

The vehicle ploughed through the wall and ended up on the footpath in the centre of the roundabout.

The driver, Vasile Rus, 47, of Dagenham, Essex, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination confirmed that Mr Rus had died of natural causes.

Now, the Council has issued a temporary speed limit order enable works to be carried out at the roundabout at the junction of Wakefield Road, Neville Road and New Hey Road.

The works include the “infill of the open roundabout” which enables people to cross the busy A650 main road by means of a subway linking St John’s Church, Bowling, and New Hey Road Methodist Church.

The Council order will reduce the limit on the road from 40mph to 30mph for the duration of the work.

The order comes into effect at 8am on January 21 and will remain in force until 6pm on July 20. The public notice says that the reduced limit can remain in force for up to 18 months if necessary.

The restriction runs from the junction with Neville Road for about 100m in a north westerly direction and for about 100m in a south easterly direction.

The crashed through the wall and railings on the roundabout at 2.10am on December 10, 2015.

The road was closed for several hours, causing massive traffic disruption on the commuter route.

It took hours for the wreckage of the badly-damaged lorry to be removed from the pedestrian subway where it came to rest.

The road remained closed until 3.30pm as the badly-damaged vehicle was recovered and diesel cleared from the carriageway.

In the three years since, concrete blocks have been in place to stop vehicles crashing down into the well of the roundabout.

Lee Exley, manager of Stoneywood Limited, the firm used to recover the vehicle, described the recovery of the lorry as a “very complex operation”.

“We used a 220-tonne crane, and our structural engineers had to plan precisely where it could sit so as not to cause damage to the subway,” he said.

“We were on-site from about 3.30am.

“In terms of recovery, it was about as complex as it gets.”