Urban traffic controls introduced on Leeds Road junction 'improving' congestion

Traffic in Harrogate (s)
Traffic in Harrogate (s)

Urban traffic controls which have been introduced at specific Harrogate junctions have improved traffic flow, according to the County Council.

Ongoing improvements to traffic flow in Harrogate was a main theme discussed at Harrogate's Chamber of Trade meeting on Monday, November 2.

During the meeting, Coun Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways revealed that the County Council had introduced urban traffic controls in the town last week.

A number of problematic junctions in Harrogate, including Leeds Road have already been addressed by introducing the management and control system MOVA which he argued was having a positive effect.

“I’m personally hoping the controls will begin to make a difference. Harrogate is a very popular town and we are having to make do with highways only fit for the 20th century,” Coun Mackenzie explained.

Coun Mackenzie also stressed 24 major roads, including Ripon and Skipton Road, had already undergone improvements to their surface dressing but said another 670 square miles were still to be done in 2016/17 to target pot holes and other problems.

However, this did little to appease Harrogate resident Paul Ashfield who said he was still not convinced the plans would improve the long-term levels of congestion around the town.

Mr Ashfield stressed the need for ‘serious thinking’ about roads and transport in Harrogate but Coun Mackenzie assured residents that he would do ‘whatever possible’ to improve the situation.

He said: “I’m here to say congestion is a problem for Harrogate and at the moment we are doing our best with the infrastructure which is inadequate.

“We do happen to be a town with two A roads, the A59 and A61 so it is a busy place. If we accumulate the various interventions, such as the traffic controls, we can improve the flow at junctions and through the town centre.”

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