WORK to ease congestion along one of Doncaster’s busiest routes is to get underway.
Motorists are being advised of delays as the first phase to create improvements along Balby Road, which is used by around 44,000 motorists a day, is completed.
Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have joined forces for the A630 Smart Route project, which will include a priority bus lane in Balby.
Mayor Peter Davies, said: “These much needed improvements along the A630 Balby Road will ease congestion, reducing journey times for residents and commuters into the town centre.
“The scheme will also see essential road maintenance work take place and make one of Doncaster’s busiest routes into town safer for pedestrians.”
The first phase, lasting for several weeks, will start on Monday. The timing of traffic lights will be changed, new kerbs and lighting is to be installed as well as a subway being filled in and a new pedestrian crossing created.
Roads and pavements will be resurfaced at night, a short section of Balby Road near the junction with Sandford Road will give buses priority and a new right turn will improve safety, the council says. Existing parking areas will be retained.
Improvements between Alexander Road and Greenfield Lane should be complete by the end of March.
Inbound and outbound lane closures will be in force, and at times Albany Road, Alexander Road, Earlesmere Avenue and St John’s Road will be closed. Diversions will be in place. Bus timetables will be affected.
Motorists approaching Doncaster from the A1(M) are encouraged to use either Junction 37, Marr, or Junction 38, Red House.
Measures will also be introduced along White Rose Way to reduce traffic building up on this route.
Funding for the scheme has been provided by SYPTE and the European Regional Development Fund.
The council said 82 per cent of those who responded to 23,000 leaflets distributed informing residents of the scheme were in favour.
For the latest information visit www.smartroutes.co.uk/a630
For bus timetables and updates call 01709 515151 or log onto www.travelsouthyorkshire.com