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2:42 PM 10th June 2020

Milestone For Major M621 Project

The first phase of a major project to improve journeys on an important commuter route in Yorkshire has been completed.

Progress has been made on the noise barrier on the M621 carriageway
Progress has been made on the noise barrier on the M621 carriageway
Drivers can look forward to shorter and more reliable journeys into and around Leeds after Highways England finished work to widen the M621 Middleton (junction 7).

Highways England project manager Sujad Hussain said:

“We’ve now completed the final part of resurfacing work and we’ve sown grass seeds on the verge. We’ll return in Autumn which is the best time to plant shrubbery and trees.

“This represents a significant milestone in the project and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we safely did this job.”

This is the first phase of the major M621 scheme to reduce congestion and improve safety along the route between junctions 1 and 7, with the second phase due to start next year.

Meanwhile, work to install a noise barrier between junctions 6 and 7 by Christmas is progressing well. The section of barrier on Parnaby Road has been installed, and attention has now turned to the main M621 carriageway sections.

A number of closures will be required to complete the noise barrier work at the various locations throughout the scheme duration. The main carriageway and slip roads at junctions six and seven will be closed overnight only, with clearly-signed diversions in place for drivers.

Highways England have been able to accelerate work on the noise barrier scheme during the lockdown by closing two lanes on the anti-clockwise carriageway and entry slip road at junction 6 which allowed the team to work safely during the day. These were lifted at the weekend as traffic flows started to increase.

All Highways England sites have strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of the sites are open to the public.

For more information visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/programmes/m621-improvements/, follow @HighwaysYorks on Twitter, call 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk.