Further delays for bid to cut congestion

2nd November 2010. Town End road junction in Pontefract.
2nd November 2010. Town End road junction in Pontefract.

Long-awaited work to replace traffic lights at Pontefract’s notorious Town End junction with two roundabout has been delayed further.

Work on the £600,000 scheme was due to start early next month but it has now been postponed until the new Pontefract Northern Link Road – from Park Road to Monkhill – is finished at the end of January.

Neil Rodgers, Wakefield Council’s service director for planning, transportation and highways, said: “We are working on both the Pontefract Link Road and the Town End junction.

“The link road was expected to be completed in December. However this has been slightly delayed due to the bad weather and additional ground work.

“We anticipate the link road to be finished in late January, subject to the weather.

“Work on the Town End junction will begin once the link road has been completed.”

Council bosses first announced plans for changes at Town End in February 2011 after the junction – which had a double roundabout system until 1996 – was earmarked as a transport priority after it was found to have the worst traffic congestion levels in the Wakefield district.

Work to turn the junction back to two roundabouts was due to start in spring 2012 and be completed by last autumn, but the plans were put on hold as the council needed to buy a piece of land on Wakefield Road.