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Birdwell Roundabout To Undergo Work

Monday June 23 2014

THE A61 at Birdwell, which is the country's second busiest road, will have its traffic problems resolved thanks to a £15.7 million investment.

The roundabout at junction 36 will continue the development of a new road scheme, with its capacity being increased to alleviate its flow.

Cabinet members approved the plans on Wednesday, which aim to boost the town's road network.

Coun Roy Miller said: "A high quality, efficient transport system which addresses areas of congestion helps reduce time lost by businesses and the travelling public, making the borough attractive to businesses looking for employment land.

"A lot of the funding that makes up the £15.7m is bid for in competition with other local councils, so it’s a great achievement to have been successful in a number of schemes."

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Reply Posted by Ray on Monday June 23 2014 at 13:10
Uh oh Miller and the amazing planning board are on it. Expect it to overrun, go over budget, and not to make a whole deal of difference.

Remeber wickes?

Little tip this time if you are moving any of the roads, make sure you own the you intend to build on first

Reply Posted by Melvyn thomas on Monday June 23 2014 at 15:00
Most junctions in the borough can be improved by a little common sense and very little money. BMBC cannot propose any scheme unless the first several million is spent on consultants, there are very few talented engineers working for this council. I predict that the traffic flow will not improve round the roundabout. Dirct access is needed from obe side of the motorway to the other, with no traffic lights, speed bumps or other obstructions. Whatever happens on either side of the motorway, the junction can only carry what can cross to the other side. That is the limitation.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Monday June 23 2014 at 16:08
Surely the A61 at Birdwell cannot be the second busiest road in the country.

Reply Posted by what on Monday June 23 2014 at 16:12
2nd busiest road in the country, have people been to Manchester and London, that's 2 for sure busier..

Reply Posted by Me on Tuesday June 24 2014 at 09:54
Remove those traffic lights - improvement number 1. I`m sure whatever `improvements` are made they will involve some kind of traffic offence cameras. God forbid they turn it into another Stairfoot roundabout

Reply Posted by thee on Saturday July 12 2014 at 17:29
Arrrrrgh. How annoying is it having to stop start at the traffic lights at this roundabout when there's minimal traffic on it. Is it such a hard thing for the council or highways to turn the lights off outside peak times.

Reply Posted by Grant on Tuesday June 24 2014 at 12:33
They only did work on the roundabout at J36 last year and made a right pigs ear of it. As for being the 2nd busiest road in the Country, this is a little misleading as the A61 runs from Derby to Thirsk, so it probably does carry a certain about of traffic each day to justify the claim, but that is through four counties.