The completion of the A6120 Fink Hill highway scheme in Leeds has brought about several positive changes, benefiting both the community and the environment. The project, conducted by Leeds City Council over the course of a year, includes various improvements aimed at enhancing road safety, connectivity, and sustainability. Here are some key aspects of the completed scheme:

  1. New Pedestrian Crossing:
  • A new pedestrian crossing east of Featherbank Lane has been installed to assist school pupils in safely crossing the A6120.
  1. Tree Planting:
  • Up to 165 new trees have been planted along the road, replacing old trees on a ratio of three new trees for one old. This initiative not only contributes to the aesthetics of the area but also supports environmental goals by reducing carbon, encouraging wildlife, and providing habitats for various species.
  1. Pedestrian Crossing Facilities:
  • Pedestrian crossing facilities have been introduced on all arms of the Fink Hill junction, contributing to safer road crossings for pedestrians.
  1. Cycle Lanes:
  • New cycle lanes have been created on the north and south sides of the Outer Ring Road between Horsforth roundabout and Fink Hill. This includes a section through Horsforth Hall Park with crossing facilities and signposts for cyclists, promoting sustainable and safe commuting options.
  1. Road Widening:
  • The road widening between Horsforth roundabout and Fink Hill is aimed at improving safety by providing two lanes in both directions, with a left turn lane on the approach to the Fink Hill junction. Additionally, two lanes in each direction have been provided between Fink Hill and Charles Street, with a right turn lane for vehicles traveling from the A6120 into Fink Hill.

Head teacher Miss Scudder, Horsforth Featherbank Primary School, said; “Our school council was delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the council’s parks and countryside rangers to help plant a number of trees along the road near our school. The pupils are keen to do anything they can to help the environment.

“We are really pleased that there is now a safe, controlled crossing in place, as the width of the A6120, coupled with very fast moving cars, has always made it dangerous for our families to cross.”

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and sustainable development, said; “Earlier last month I was delighted to visit the area and see for myself the changes we have made, in a relatively brief time. The scheme will improve connectivity between communities north and south of the ring road, provide new pedestrian crossing facilities and cycle lanes, offer a better junction layout to improve safety as well as improve congestion for residents and commuters.

“It was great to hear how the children at Featherbank are now using their new crossing and wider pavements walking to school. And also getting their hands dirty by helping to plant numerous trees along the route near the school, showing their support for the environment and climate. The additional trees will help to reduce carbon, encourage wildlife and act as habitats for many species.

“The local feedback highlights how you can work together with residents by safely improving their streets to achieve mutual benefit. It supports our Leeds Vision Zero ambition that by 2040 no one will be killed or suffer serious injuries on Leeds roads.

“I would like to thank all those who have worked on this scheme, especially in making improvements to road safety.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “This will help improve road safety, reduce congestion, and encourage people to choose more sustainable ways to travel.

“Projects like this are key to delivering on our ambitions for zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2040, as well as becoming a carbon net-zero region by 2038.

“Making walking, cycling, wheeling and using public transport easier will help us build a safer, greener and better-connected West Yorkshire.”

Roads Minister Guy Opperman said; “People deserve to travel on their roads as easily and safely as possible, and I am delighted to see the first part of the Government’s £20 million of Levelling Up funding for Leeds City Council go towards this fantastic scheme.

“These improvements will reduce road congestion and better connect the area, while ensuring those who choose to walk and cycle can do so safely.”

This scheme was jointly funded by the Department for Transport (Levelling Up Fund) as part of the Connecting West Leeds (CWL) programme and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (West Yorkshire Transport Fund) Corridor Improvement Programme (CIP).