‘Town End works to be complete by end of October’

Town End Pontefract
Town End Pontefract

Long-awaited work to replace Pontefract’s Town End junction with two roundabouts is expected to be complete by the end of next month.

Wakefield Council is currently carrying out a £600,000 scheme to replace the junction’s traffic lights with one large and one smaller roundabout to ease congestion.

The traffic lights were removed in May and contractors have now built one of the two roundabouts at the site.

Coun David Dagger, the council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Work is continuing as planned at Town End junction.

“Planned electricity works will be carried out to move some cabling at the start of next month and we are working towards completing the scheme by the end of October.”

Contractors have now built the roundabout at the junction of Jubilee Way and Southgate and are working on the one at the junction of Mill Hill Avenue and Wakefield Road.

Work to widen the carriageway on Wakefield Road and install a filter lane for people to turn on Jubilee Way has also been completed.

Council bosses first announced plans for changes at the junction in February 2011 after Town End - 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.

The scheme was originally due to be completed in July but was delayed because contractors found additional excavation works were needed.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Town End has been a bone of contention for a while but this scheme will ease the problem of traffic congestion in Pontefract - I’m confident of that.

“Once complete the end result should deliver real benefits to the town so we would ask people to bear with us.”