Pontefract’s Town End junction to be closed overnight

Town End Pontefract
Town End Pontefract

Pontefract’s Town End junction will be closed overnight tomorrow (July 23) as work on a project to ease congestion continues.

Wakefield Council is currently carrying out a £600,000 scheme to replace the junction’s traffic lights with two roundabouts.

As part of the works, the junction will be closed from 7pm on Thursday, July 23 until 7am on Friday, July 24.

The traffic lights at the junction were removed in May and contractors built a single temporary roundabout.

The temporary roundabouts currently in place at the site are the same layout as how the junction will be once the works are complete.

Coun David Dagger, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said the scheme is expected to be complete by early autumn.

He said: “We know that Town End Junction at Pontefract is one of the busiest junctions in the district and our contractors are working as fast as they can to deliver this project

“Please drive carefully and always approach the junction with the caution you would give any new road layout.

“These are essential roadworks to improve Town End, which in the long term will deliver real benefits to Pontefract by easing traffic congestion. Please be patient and drive safely while the work is carried out.”