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.
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 Project media files and documents sections 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 Project media files and 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 â€˜notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiriesâ€™ into the orders. The date of this notice is known as the â€˜relevant dateâ€™ 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 Project media files and documents section below.
Please note - some of these are large files. If you have difficulties in accessing these, please contact us via email: M621J1to7@highwaysengland.co.uk .
They can also be viewed at Beeston Library, Town Street, Leeds, LS11 8PN during normal opening hours.
Please note: Beeston Library is following the advice surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is closed as of Thursday 19 March 2020 until further notice. Should anyone require sight of a hard copy please contact M621J1to7@highwaysengland.co.uk and this can be posted to you. All files located at the Beeston Library are available on this web page within the â€˜Project Media & Documents' section below.
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.
|4 September to 15 October 2017||Have your say|
|Spring 2018||Preferred Route Announcement|
|Autumn 2019||Ground investigation work|
|31 October 2019||Publish draft orders|
|Autumn 2019||Phase 1 - start on site|
Why we need this scheme
During peak times traffic is very congested on the M621 between junctions 1 and 7, making peopleâ€™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 â€“ helping people and businesses access Leeds city centre and the surrounding area.
You can find out more about the route by looking at our Route map.
The aims of this scheme are to:
- increase capacity and improve journey time reliability
- improve the safety of the M621 corridor for drivers
- provide better and real time information to drivers
- avoid and mitigate potential environmental impacts of the scheme and enhance, where possible, the built and natural environment
- support Leeds City Councilâ€™s development plans, including updates to the Leeds transport network, where possible
The scheme in detail
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 weâ€™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 â€“ 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. Weâ€™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.
Weâ€™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.
For details about the phase 1 improvements visit the junction 7 widening page.
Project media files and documents
M621 Made Side Roads Order â€“ Schedule and Plans
M621 Made Compulsory Purchase Order â€“ Public Notice
M621 Made Compulsory Purchase Order â€“ Schedule and Plans
M621 Statement of Reasons accompanying the Made Orders
M621 Planning Statement accompanying the Made Orders
M621 Engineering General Arrangements
M621 Technical Appraisal Report
M621 Scheme Assessment Report
Notice of Intention to give a certificate for exemption of exchange land December 2019
Notice of certification for exemption of exchange land February 2020
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