A new milestone was reached this week in Conservative-led City of York Council's ambitious plans to reduce delays on York's Outer Ring Road as the upgrade to the Wetherby Road roundabout has now been completed.
Drivers can now take advantage of increased capacity at the roundabout, allowing traffic to flow though the area faster, with additional lanes on the ring-road entry and exit, making three on the approach and two when exiting the roundabout.
The £38m programme will in total see seven roundabouts upgraded, as well as improvements to cycle and pedestrian facilities.
Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “Upgrading Wetherby Road roundabout is the first step in a significant effort by our administration to improve journey times on the Outer Ring Road. The full benefit will be seen when all seven roundabouts are upgraded. Our designs are future proofed to ensure that dualling can be incorporated into the scheme if we can finally secure funding to make it happen. However, even if we have to wait for dualling this upgrade programme will substantially improve travel flows and give real benefits to residents, businesses and commuters.
“I’d like to thank residents, businesses and commuters who have been patient with us during the works, but I am certain that the short term disruption will be well worth it when the full scheme is complete.”