M621 junctions 1 to 7

We’re carrying out a series of improvements to key junctions on the M621.

Start date Started
End date 2022-23
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 01 March 2021

    Further ground investigation work planned

    Further surveys will be carried out along the M621 between junctions 1 and 6 over the next six weeks.

    This investigation work will help us to understand the nature of the ground. The data gathered from these investigations will assist the design of the improvements, specifically locations for new overhead signs and signals.

    Work has already been completed at junction 6 as part of the ongoing maintenance work.

    The remainder will start from Monday 1 March until Friday 8 April 2021. Work will be undertaken overnight between 9pm and 6am Monday to Saturday. No work will take place over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

    To carry out the work safely we’ll need to close lanes, which isn’t possible on the M621 during the day due to the high volume of traffic. It would also substantially impact on traffic flows and increase journey times into Leeds, the adjoining motorway and local networks.

    Work will start at the roundabout at junction 2 on Monday 1 March for around two weeks then move on to the main carriageway for around a week. The main carriageway will be fully closed while we carry out this work, with traffic diverted on and off the network using the slip roads. 

    Following this, work will take place on the westbound carriageway at junction 4 under lane closures and then move to junction 2a with a full closure between junctions 5 and 1. This is to allow for more suitable diversion routes. Each section will take around a week to complete. 

    How we'll reduce disruption

    Some of the operations generate noise, but we’ll do everything possible to minimise disturbance to residents. We will for example, erect noise reducing barriers around the operations to help reduce the noise levels and will be using several work teams to significantly speed up the work and to complete it in the shortest but safest time possible.

    We will be using additional lighting towers to illuminate the work, but these will be directed away from residential areas and traffic.

    The vaccination centre at Elland Road is open 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. We’ve been working closely with Leeds City Council and its partners to ensure our work doesn’t cause any disruption.

  • 11 February 2021

    Ground investigation work to start

    We are carrying out ground investigation surveys between junctions 2 and 6 on the M621.

    We’re doing this essential investigation work to help us understand the condition of the ground, and locate underground pipes and cables. It will help us to plan our improvements on the M621, including locations for new overhead signs and signals.

    We’ll also be carrying out some bridge inspections.

    Work will start on Monday 22 February near to Woodhouse Hill and will be carried out as part of the M621 bridge work.

    Some of the machinery will generate noise but everything possible is being done to minimise disruption for residents.

    Additional lights will be needed but these will shine on our work area only.

  • 17 December 2020

    Orders given approval

    On Friday 10 January 2020 the Department for Transport issued a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order published in October 2019.

    A Public Inquiry was scheduled, pre-COVID-19 pandemic, for June 2020 where an independent planning inspector would hear evidence from Highways England and interested parties.

    Due to the current restrictions it was postponed and rescheduled for early November 2020. We’ve been working with the objector to the scheme and the objection has now been removed and the planned inquiry cancelled by the Department for Transport.

    That decision was issued on Friday 27 November 2020 when the Transport Secretary also confirmed the Compulsory Purchase Order without modification and confirmed the Side Roads Order with modifications. These orders including their maps and confirmation notices can be viewed in the “Confirmed Orders 2020” section in the 'Documents' area below.

    We’re working on the detailed design in advance of the work starting next year.

  • 24 March 2020

    Phase 2 Orders published

    We have started work to widen junction 7 at Stourton as part of phase one. More information is available on the junction 7 widening page.

    We are still working on the detailed design for phase 2. At the end of January 2020 we completed ground investigation work which involved gathering information about the condition of the ground, and locations of underground pipes and cables. We will now use this information to develop our detailed design.

    As part of the process of phase two, we published our statutory orders under the Highways Act 1980. These statutory orders, with associated schedules and plans, are the primary documents which give legal powers to the Secretary of State to construct road improvement schemes.

    You can see the orders and supporting documentation under the Orders tab of the documents section below.

    In connection with parts of the land required for the scheme, a further notice has been published in relation to an exemption to the giving of exchange land. This is part of the legal process and is available to view in the documents section below. The notice is also available to view at Beeston Library from Thursday 13 February until Friday 27 March 2020.

    On 10 January 2020 the Department for Transport issued to all outstanding objectors a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the orders. The date of this notice is known as the ‘relevant date’ and other key dates in the public inquiry process are measured from it.

    Although a public enquiry has been called by the Secretary of State, the proposed date has not yet been confirmed.

    As part of the process, we have written a Statement of Case which summarises the scheme, objections and representations and Highways England responses.

    All documents related to this can be viewed under the orders and statement of case tabs on the documents section below.

Project information

Overview

We will reduce congestion by adding additional lanes for vehicles to use at the junction 2 roundabout and junction 3 westbound, as well as between junctions 2 and 3 where we’ll convert the existing hard shoulder into an additional lane for traffic.  

Motorists will be safer as our scheme will enable vehicles to move more freely at existing junctions – reducing stopping traffic and the risk of shunts and slow speed collisions. Vehicles will no longer have to stop at junction 2 and will instead be able to move freely between the M621 and A643. We’ll also be changing junction 3 westbound to give priority to the main M621 traffic, allowing it to flow more freely. Improvements at this junction will also remove conflicts where the traffic merges in this area. Permanently closing junction 2a will allow junction 3 improvements to reduce the risk of collisions resulting from the short distance between junctions 3 and 2a.  

We’ll be installing new technology which will detect incidents and helps us respond to quicker and get traffic flowing sooner. This will reduce the likelihood of both congestion and further collisions.  

During peak times traffic is very congested on the M621 between junctions 1 and 7, making people’s journeys unreliable and leading to shunts and slow-speed collisions between vehicles.  

Our scheme will ease congestion at key locations along the M621, providing a better, safer, experience for motorists and more reliable journeys. This is great news for the local and regional economy as our scheme will support economic growth aspirations – helping people and businesses access Leeds city centre and the surrounding area.

We published the Made Orders for the M621 junctions 1 to 7 improvement scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 31 October 2019 and submitted both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation.

On Friday 10 January 2020 the Department for Transport issued a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order published in October 2019 following an objection to the scheme proposals.

A Public Inquiry was scheduled, pre-COVID-19 pandemic, for June 2020 where an independent planning inspector would hear evidence from Highways England and interested parties.

Due to the current restrictions it was postponed and rescheduled for early November 2020. We’ve been working with the objector to the scheme and the objection has now been removed and the planned inquiry cancelled by the Department for Transport.

The initial published Made Orders and other supporting documentation, along with our Statement of Case for the then anticipated public inquiry can still be viewed within the documents area below.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Secretary of State decision letter

The Secretary of State for Transport on Friday 27 November 2020 issued his decision on the scheme proposals, confirming the Compulsory Purchase Order without modification and confirming the Side Roads Order with modifications.

Confirmed Orders 2020

Following the Secretary of State decision letter, we’ve prepared copies of the confirmed Orders.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, it wasn’t possible for us to deposit a physical copy of the Orders at a document viewing location. However they can be viewed electronically below:

Side Roads Order Confirmation Notice 
Confirmed Side Roads Order 2019 with modifications 
Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice 
Confirmed Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 

The Confirmation Notice in relation to the Side Roads Order was published on Friday 11 December 2020 and the Confirmation Notice in relation to the Compulsory Purchase Order was published on Thursday 17 December 2020. These respective dates are the start of the six weeks High Court challenge periods for each Order.

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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