SOME of Bradford’s most congested road junctions will be improved under a multi million pound programme.

The West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme will be involve works to three key road junctions that regularly bring misery to motorists - Carlisle Road/Toller Lane/Whetley Lane, Thornton Road/Cemetery Road and Great Horton Road/Horton Park Avenue.

The plans are due to go out to public consultation later this month, and will also be discussed by a transport committee on Monday.

Few details of the schemes have been released so far, but West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is funding the works through its West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund, says that the changes will “reduce congestion, increase productivity and attract investment” as well as “unlocking” land for housing and new businesses.

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The works will target major roads at or near their junctions with the A6177 Ring Road.

Over £8.5 million will be spent on the Thornton Road junction, which the authority says will “reduce congestion at this key pinch point on the road network and help to facilitate housing and employment growth along both the A6177 and B6145 (Thornton Road) corridors and the regeneration of Bradford City Centre.

“The B6145 is used by 24,797 vehicles on an average weekday with high frequency bus services to Thornton, Bingley, Cottingley and Keighley. This scheme will improve journey times along this route for all road users.

“This scheme also aims to increase capacity at the Toller Lane/ A6177 junction including the facility of turning movements, pedestrian and cycling facilities, and bus priority lanes where feasible.”

Work on the junction is expected to start in winter.

The works on Great Horton Road will cost £3.15 million and are expected to start in early 2020.

The authority says: “Great Horton Road is used by approximately 16,768 vehicles on an average weekday, with frequent bus services to Halifax and Shipley.

“This scheme also supports the additional road improvements within the area bringing a wider benefit to all road users.”

Details of the cost of the Carlisle Road/Toller Lane/Whetley Lane junction works have yet to be revealed.

Councillor Alex Ross Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme will deliver improvements and reduce congestion at key junctions across the outer ring road in west Bradford. They are all on busy routes for public transport as well as car drivers so should make travelling by bus in and out of the city centre faster and more reliable.”

The public engagement scheme will run from February 18 to March 29.

The plans are among a number of different transport programmes being discussed by the Combined Authority’s Bradford District Consultation Sub Committee, which meets at 5pm on Monday in Bradford City Hall.

Other items on the agenda include the £42 million Bradford to Shipley Route Improvement Scheme.