Work to begin on new traffic system in Wakefield

North Wakefield Gateway plan.

North Wakefield Gateway plan.

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A SHAKE-UP of the city centre road network will begin when work starts on a new £4m traffic plan this month.

The North Wakefield Gateway will help to cater for increased traffic generated by Trinity Walk and the Merchant Gate development.

Traffic systems will be changed in the northern part of the city centre, with bus priority measures and pedestrian crossings to be introduced and junctions to be upgraded.

The area around County Hall will become a new public square with gardens.

Plans for the gateway were scrapped in October last year following a campaign by residents who said the one-way scheme would change the face of the St John’s area.

But a new plan was drawn up with their help and approved by Wakefield Council’s cabinet committee.

North Midland Construction will start work on the scheme on Monday, September 19.

At a meeting of Wakefield Council this week, Coun Denise Jeffery said: “This will complete a key section of the Emerald Ring, connecting the sections previously completed as part of the Trinity Walk and Westgate developments.”

People using our Facebook page have raised concerns about the disruption caused by roadworks while work is done.

Nilòc Lèvôl said: “The gateway passes QEGS and Wakefield Girls’ High School. It is really bad for traffic on a morning as it is. The roadworks will cause mayhem in the morning and at the close of school.”

A council spokeswoman said left turns would from Bond Street into Bell Street would be banned for three weeks from October 3.

But Coun Jeffery said disruption would kept to a minimum.