Consultation on Newton Bar roundabout proposals

07/03/2018, PR8760

​Wakefield Council is asking for people's views on its proposals to improve the traffic flow in and around Newton Bar roundabout.


​The measures being considered include increasing the size of the roundabout, which sees 35,000 vehicles each day passing at the junction of A61 Leeds Road and the A650 dual carriageway in Wakefield.

Extra lanes controlled by traffic signals, with pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists and buses could also be installed.

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Wakefield Council, said: "I'd like to encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to come and look at the proposals and share their feedback which will be used to help form the final plan."

Extensive new housing and commercial development are either under construction or planned for the area and the new road layout, which would receive £4.5m funding from the Combined Authority's West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and is being developed to deal with the additional traffic.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: "The proposals have been designed to ease costly congestion through this busy junction, improve the reliability and punctuality of bus services by giving them priority, and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, which are all aims of the our £1bn West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.

"I would encourage people who live and work in the area or use this busy junction regularly to go along and have their day on the plans."

People can view displays at New Southgate Surgery, Buxton Place, from Monday March 12 until Friday March 23 from (9am to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 6pm

There will also be a drop in session at Outwood Memorial Hall on Tuesday 13 March from 4pm to 7pm with plans on display.

People who can't attend the events can comment by visiting until April 27. Or email comments to



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