Newton Bar Junction Improvement

A satellite image of Newton bar junction

The A650 at Newton Bar is a key junction linking routes to the centre of Wakefield, Leeds via the M1, and Pinderfields Hospital via Bar Lane. It serves the Snowhill retail and housing site, and other surrounding employment sites such as the Paragon and Wakefield Business Parks.

The junction is already congested at peak times and transport improvements are required to provide capacity to address the limitations of the existing network and facilitate future development and growth.

The scheme comprises a major junction improvement of the existing roundabout and approach roads around the A650/A61 at Newton Bar, Wakefield. It involves the construction of a new signalised ‘hamburger’ roundabout (enabling a one-way south bound link through the central island of the roundabout), upgrade of adjacent signal-controlled junction, additional traffic lanes, the provision of a shared cycle/pedestrian footway, signalised pedestrian/cycle crossings and the extension of the existing bus/cycle lane along the A61 Leeds Road corridor. There will be substantial tree planting and landscaping as part of the scheme, and a number of ecological enhancements, creating an enhanced gateway to Wakefield City centre.

An image of the new and  improved newton bar junction

It will deliver benefits for traffic and provide improvements for commuters, businesses, buses and all users of the transport network on the corridors. Additionally, it will cater for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians. Some of the benefits of the scheme include:

  • Expected reduction in traffic congestion
  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist safety with signalised crossings
  • Environmental benefits such as improved air quality
  • Enhanced connectivity across associated routes and transport modes
  • Improved surface water drainage
The project, which is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, runs until 2023.
In conjunction with this, a Nature Recovery area  has been approved to utilise some of the space that was occupied by a former council office. This will provide an important public open space for local residents and create a habitat to improve biodiversity and wildlife. In addition, it will enhance walking and cycling connectivity through improved off-road footpaths between Snow Hill to Wakefield city centre, amenities and local schools.
Inevitably a major project like this will cause some disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience and are doing all we can to minimise this. If you would like to contact us regarding this scheme, please email
See the progress of the Newton Bar Scheme

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Highways and Engineering PO Box 700 Wakefield One Burton Street Wakefield WF1 2EB

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