MAJOR permanent changes to the city’s one-way system could bring chaos to the roads during the Christmas break.
The North Wakefield Gateway highway scheme is expanding work to cater for increased levels of traffic from recent city centre regeneration, including the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre.
The work will permanently rearrange roads into one-way systems and close the section of Bond Street next to County Hall to general traffic to create a pedestrian square.
Changes will also affect the St John’s area with one-way systems altered around Wakefield Girls’ High School and QEGS.
Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “The North Wakefield Gateway will make a huge difference to the highway network in the northern part of the city centre
“It will introduce new bus priority measures and pedestrian crossings, upgrade junctions and provide high quality public realm works around County Hall, enhancing the area for visitors and residents and improving access into and around the city centre.”
The area next to county hall will be only accessible to buses and pedestrians when works are finished.
The council has said the new square will fit in with it the current listed buildings in the conservation area, using materials consisting mainly of traditional sandstone and granite.
Original plans for the North Wakefield Gateway were scrapped last year after a campaign by residents in St John’s.
The new alterations will begin Monday, December 19 with more changes coming in on December 22 and January 7. For more details visit www.wake field.gov.uk/roadworks