Ainley Top Roundabout Junction Improvements

In January 2014, Eric Wright Civil Engineering were awarded a contract by Kirklees Council for Ainley Top Roundabout Junction Improvements.

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Ainley Top Roundabout in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire provides a junction between the A629 Huddersfield / Halifax Road, the A643 Brighouse Road and A643 Lindley Moor Road and is located some 500m south from junction 24 off the M62. The junction handles thousands of vehicles every day.

The purpose of the highway improvement scheme is to provide traffic signal control at the roundabout with improved pedestrian and cycle facilities plus the widening of the roundabout circulatory carriageway. The works are to widen the existing circulatory carriageway from two to three lanes and forming UTC traffic signal control junctions on all five arms to the roundabout. The works also include the installation of new toucan crossing facilities on all approaches and exits.

The works will encompass:-

  • Complete traffic signal control system implemented at the roundabout on all approach arms and internal circulatory carriageway;
  • New controlled shared use crossing facilities on all approach arms at the roundabout;
  • Construction of new shared use footway/cycleways around the roundabout;
  • Provision of 2 new service laybys on the roundabout central island;
  • Carriageway widening to the roundabout circulatory carriageway;
  • Planing / surfacing of the carriageway together with the renewal of all road markings;
  • Improvements to the existing highway drainage;
  • Improvements to the existing advanced and regulatory signing.

The works will lead to a reduction in congestion, shorter queue lengths and less delay for vehicles using the roundabout. The main reconstruction is planned to take five months from January and needs to be completed before Stage 2 of the Tour de France passes through the roundabout on July 6.

Client: Kirklees Council

Contract: Ainley Top Roundabout Junction Improvements

Value: £1,325,804.50

Duration: 20 weeks