Leeds Road latest: Community to discuss junction proposals

The controversial junction on Leeds Road
The controversial junction on Leeds Road
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Leading members of the Leeds Road community will meet to discuss proposals to reduce congestion at the controversial Hookstone Road junction.

Commuters and business owners had their say on North Yorkshire County Council’s draft report on its juction improvements, which were revealed in March.

We now look forward to further discussion on our revised plan before a final decision is taken in July.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways

The authority is now inviting further discussion and feedback on the revised proposals before a decision on the way forward is made by the county council in July.

“We have listened very carefully to what people have had to say” said County Councillor Gareth Dadd, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways, “and we have worked very hard to take account of all the responses.

“We want to make sure we have taken on board as wide a range of views as possible about the changes to be made to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion at this very busy junction.

“We now look forward to further discussion on our revised plan before a final decision is taken in July.

“Our aim has always been to make this junction work for the surrounding communities and transport users and we have always been clear that we welcomed people’s views in order to make informed decisions.”

The county council thanked everybody who gave feedback on the draft report and has now written to a number of stakeholders and lead members of the community to attend a meeting on June 2 to talk through the detail of the revision.

The revised plan includes key proposals to introduce an improved method of traffic signalling; introduce parallel parking outside the Oatlands Parade shops; to remove the protected right turn into Vernon Road and carry out a public consultation on a potential “no entry” restriction at the Vernon Road junction to improve traffic flow and road safety.

The proposals also recommend the removal of the no-right-turn onto Mount Street, subject to further consultation.

A final report will go before the July 3 meeting of the County Council’s Business and Environmental Services corporate director and Executive members, for a final decision on the way forward .