We have been carrying out a range of surveys and assessment work to give us information about traffic volumes and the local environment. We are exploring different design options that would meet our aims. We are beginning discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.
Once we’ve worked up viable options, we’ll tell you about them and ask for your opinion. In the meantime if you have experience with the junction and would like to comment, please use the discussion thread at the bottom of this page. Any questions or queries will be picked up by the project team and will be responded to accordingly.
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|Spring 2017||Environmental surveys|
|Summer 2017||Structural inspections Environmental surveys Traffic analysis|
|Spring 2018||Public consultation|
|TBC||Start of works|
|TBC||End of works|
Why we need this scheme
The Lofthouse interchange suffers from congestion and delays during peak times. With our proposals we intend to increase capacity to ease traffic flows and support wider growth in employment and housing.
The M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange was included in the government’s Road Investment Strategy for 2015-2020 to be constructed in 2021-2025.
The scheme in detail
Lofthouse is a major interchange that joins the M1 and M62 motorways between Leeds and Wakefield, two of the busiest motorways for North-to-South, East-to-West travel. The current design of the junction uses a roundabout with traffic signals. Previous studies have identified a lack of capacity as the main cause of congestion, which in turn contributes to numerous shunt and side-swipe accidents.
We are currently developing a number of options to take to public consultation. With no start of works date officially agreed, forecasts currently estimate between 2021-2025.
The objectives of this scheme are to:
- continue in line with the government’s policy by reducing congestion and disruption to journeys for road users
- contribute to Highways England’s targets of reducing the number of killed or seriously injured
- increase capacity through the interchange
- support West Yorkshire’s development aspirations
- complement the M1 smart motorways scheme and its increased traffic demand
- improve safety by reducing shunt and side swipe accidents
- improve asset condition and reduce maintenance liability
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