TWO major road projects have been delayed while a funding bid is decided.

Plans for the A650 Tong Street will see the road widened to provide two running lanes in both directions between the A650 / A651 Westgate Hill Street junction and Knowles Lane. It will also include the creation of a combination of dedicated cycle lanes and shared cycle / pedestrian facilities including Toucan Crossings. 

Work will be carried out thanks to £12.5m of funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The Authority's Transport Fund is also providing £15 million towards work at Dawson’s Corner in Thornbury.

This scheme will "fully remodel and enlarge the four-arm signal  controlled roundabout, which is the junction of A6120 Outer Ring Road \ B6157 Bradford Road \ A647 Stanningley Bypass \ A647 Bradford Road in Pudsey."

South Bradford park and ride could lead to similar schemes if successful

However, a recent report by the Authority mentions the two road schemes in a list of projects that have so far not progressed as initially planned. 

A report to the Authority's Investment Committee says: "Delays to Leeds Dawsons Corner and the A650 Tong Street are linked to Major Route Network funding and the need to have updated transport models."

A spokesperson for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “Both the Corridor Improvement Programme at Dawson’s Corner in Leeds and the A650 Tong Street scheme are designed to ease traffic congestion to improve air quality and enable more reliable public transport whilst also making it easier for people walking or cycling.  

“These schemes are part of the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund but are seeking additional match funding through the Major Route Network fund administered by the Department for Transport.

"Bids have been submitted by Leeds and Bradford Councils and they are waiting for decisions.”