A638 Doncaster Road, Wakefield - Corridor Improvement Programme

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A638 Doncaster Road, Wakefield

Corridor Improvement Programme

Public engagement


Please note this consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone that took part.

All survey answers, comments and suggestions will be analysed and considered, and further information will be shared here once available.



Wakefield Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is looking to make improvements to the A638 Doncaster Road in Wakefield and would like your feedback on the proposed improvements.


The Corridor Improvement Programme (CIP) is part of a West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund package of highway related schemes. The CIP aims to provide low and medium cost interventions on the key highway network to deliver benefits for all road users, with an emphasis on reducing journey times in order to make it easier for people to get around the area and travel to work as well as improving air quality and associated health benefits.


Some of the main issues identified on the A638 Doncaster Road section are:  

  • High volumes of traffic and limited crossing facilities available make it hard for walkers and cyclists to cross the road
  • Excessive noise and air pollution created by traffic congestion 
  • Inconsistent bus priority and poor bus journey reliability
  • Inadequate walking and cycling facilities along the route and connecting to the route.

The improvements on the A638 Doncaster Road between the junction with the A655 Black Road at Heath Common and the A61 Barnsley Road at Chantry Bridge are key to providing the Wakefield City area with the infrastructure it needs to support development.


The proposals seek to:

  • provide new or improved cycle routes that link residential areas to the city centre away from the main road, with high quality, safe and secure routes.
  • improve access to bus stops, with new crossings aligned to desire lines for those walking to / from bus stops.
  • improve the bus lane at the end of the A655 Black Road as it approaches the A638 Doncaster Road to provide better provision for buses and other road users.

It is expected that these changes will enable the local road network to operate more efficiently by encouraging more people to walk and cycle or travel by bus, while also increasing the ability to meet net carbon zero target, improved environmental outcomes and the opportunity for growth.


The plan (opens in a new window)illustrates the proposals, highlighting the proposed changes to the existing highway network associated with the scheme.




These changes are summarised below:

  • New signalised crossing for walkers and cyclists at Sugar Lane.
  • Two alternative options for a new crossing near the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road junction to provide new facilities for cyclists as well as walking access to bus stops.
  • Revisions to bus stops on Doncaster Road to provide laybys and better access on foot from the surrounding residential areas.
  • Three alternative options to improve the bus lane on Black Road approaching the junction with the A638 at Heath Common.
  • Improvements to the riverside cycle and footpath (new lighting, CCTV and a tarmac surface) between the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road and Chantry Bridge.
  • New signed cycle routes on routes that feed onto Doncaster Road and connect to the riverside cycle route.


Public engagement
We invited people to share their views and comments during the consultation period between 21st June and 18 July 2021. This feedback will be considered before the proposals are finalised prior to construction works starting on site.


Contact us

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods:

This consultation closed on 18th July 2021.


Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed, and your feedback will be considered. Feedback will help develop the proposals which will be submitted via the Outline Business Case (OBC) in October 2021.


After the submission of the OBC, work will continue to prepare detailed designs, finalise costs and appoint contractors. 


A full business case would be expected in late 2022/early 2023, with scheme construction commencing sometime in 2023, and completed by mid-2024. 



A638 Doncaster Road, Wakefield

Corridor Improvement Programme

Public engagement


Please note this consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone that took part.

All survey answers, comments and suggestions will be analysed and considered, and further information will be shared here once available.



Wakefield Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is looking to make improvements to the A638 Doncaster Road in Wakefield and would like your feedback on the proposed improvements.


The Corridor Improvement Programme (CIP) is part of a West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund package of highway related schemes. The CIP aims to provide low and medium cost interventions on the key highway network to deliver benefits for all road users, with an emphasis on reducing journey times in order to make it easier for people to get around the area and travel to work as well as improving air quality and associated health benefits.


Some of the main issues identified on the A638 Doncaster Road section are:  

  • High volumes of traffic and limited crossing facilities available make it hard for walkers and cyclists to cross the road
  • Excessive noise and air pollution created by traffic congestion 
  • Inconsistent bus priority and poor bus journey reliability
  • Inadequate walking and cycling facilities along the route and connecting to the route.

The improvements on the A638 Doncaster Road between the junction with the A655 Black Road at Heath Common and the A61 Barnsley Road at Chantry Bridge are key to providing the Wakefield City area with the infrastructure it needs to support development.


The proposals seek to:

  • provide new or improved cycle routes that link residential areas to the city centre away from the main road, with high quality, safe and secure routes.
  • improve access to bus stops, with new crossings aligned to desire lines for those walking to / from bus stops.
  • improve the bus lane at the end of the A655 Black Road as it approaches the A638 Doncaster Road to provide better provision for buses and other road users.

It is expected that these changes will enable the local road network to operate more efficiently by encouraging more people to walk and cycle or travel by bus, while also increasing the ability to meet net carbon zero target, improved environmental outcomes and the opportunity for growth.


The plan (opens in a new window)illustrates the proposals, highlighting the proposed changes to the existing highway network associated with the scheme.




These changes are summarised below:

  • New signalised crossing for walkers and cyclists at Sugar Lane.
  • Two alternative options for a new crossing near the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road junction to provide new facilities for cyclists as well as walking access to bus stops.
  • Revisions to bus stops on Doncaster Road to provide laybys and better access on foot from the surrounding residential areas.
  • Three alternative options to improve the bus lane on Black Road approaching the junction with the A638 at Heath Common.
  • Improvements to the riverside cycle and footpath (new lighting, CCTV and a tarmac surface) between the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road and Chantry Bridge.
  • New signed cycle routes on routes that feed onto Doncaster Road and connect to the riverside cycle route.


Public engagement
We invited people to share their views and comments during the consultation period between 21st June and 18 July 2021. This feedback will be considered before the proposals are finalised prior to construction works starting on site.


Contact us

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods:

This consultation closed on 18th July 2021.


Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed, and your feedback will be considered. Feedback will help develop the proposals which will be submitted via the Outline Business Case (OBC) in October 2021.


After the submission of the OBC, work will continue to prepare detailed designs, finalise costs and appoint contractors. 


A full business case would be expected in late 2022/early 2023, with scheme construction commencing sometime in 2023, and completed by mid-2024. 

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We have created an extensive list of frequently asked questions and you can find these here (opens in a new page). However, if you have another question, please write it here and we will try to get a response back to you as soon as possible.

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    What is planned to happen on Doncaster Road for cycle commuters AFTER the E.Relief Road/Black Road junction? Crofton and Sharlston are easy cycling distance from Wakefield and there needs to be a safe commute cycle route here. Also, what happens beyond Crofton to Nostell Priory which is a significant leisure infrastructure?

    Stuart Boothman asked 21 days ago

    The CIP2 corridor was defined based on the locations of the worst problerms and the available budget and is limited to the section of the A638 Doncaster road between Chantry Bridge (A61 / A638 junction) and the A655 Black Road junction. The worst problems in terms of delay to all road users, occur on this section. The funding has been targeted at schemes that can be built by 2024.  The proposed measures to benefit cyclists and pedestrians are focused on safer / easier crossings over the A638 and the riverside path. There is insufficient space and budget to deliver a continuous cycle superhighway along the A638 itself   The council has longer term aspirations to provide new or improved facilities for cycling across the district. In the short term there is no identified budget to deliver improvements along the A638 corridor to Crofton / Sharlston and beyond. Alternative mostly off road routes are already available using the Trans Pennine Trail from the B6378 Shay Lane between Walton and Crofton,  and the Sandal Curves route. We acknowledge that these routes are indirect compared to Doncaster road and not convenient for all potential users in the Crofton area. They are not all weather routes and unlit. In the longer term we hope to be able to develop a network of well surfaced, safe routes close to or alongside major roads, and funding will be sort to deliver this.

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    Will the Norton Street (blue on map) actually link into the riverside path? The map suggests not, which seems short sighted.

    Stuart Boothman asked 21 days ago

    Apologies for any confusion, but clearly the blue line links are intended to provide a defined connection to the improved riverside path. The very small gap on the consultation plan shouldn't be taken as a lack of connection. The footpath already exists at this location and a formalised cycle route connection would be created at this point.

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    You are keen to emphasise that the scheme results in a good cyclist/pedestrian route along Doncaster Road from Black Road to Chantry Bridge would you please confirm that there is a good width of cycle/pedestian route in the section under the railway bridge. This is not clear from the diagrams provided. Thank you.

    altofts dave asked about 1 month ago

     

    Thank you for your query. Apologies if the material presented is not clear.
    To clarify, we are not proposing cycle facilities along the length of the main A638 Doncaster Road. Short sections of shared use path are proposed along Doncaster Road between Denmark street and Sugar Lane to connect to the city centre via a new Toucan crossing and a potential cycle path on the northern side of Doncaster road linking to Chantry Bridge.
    The text in the consultation material makes the point that “The proposals seek to: - provide new or improved cycle routes that link residential areas to the city centre away from the main road, with high quality, safe and secure routes.”
    There is insufficient space under the railway bridge to provide a widened footway with additional space for cycling under the railway bridge. There are other pinch points between Agbrigg road and Chantry Bridge that make a continuous segregated route alongside the main A638 Doncaster Road impossible to deliver within the available budget.
    The main improvements proposed are on the alternative riverside route that would run from the A6194 Wakefield Eastern Relief road (WERR) near to the City Fields new housing site south of the river Calder through to Chantry Bridge. The overview plan illustrates this route and the feeder routes on quieter side roads from Agbrigg / Bell Vue that link to it. The riverside path would be surfaced with an all-weather surface and lighting provided.
    Other improvements for cycling will be included in the detailed design for the revised Black Road bus lane to provide better crossings that link to the A6194 WERR cycle path, which provides a slightly longer but segregated route from Heath Common via the riverside path to the City centre. The Transforming Cities Fund is already proposing a scheme to connect Chantry Bridge to the City Centre expected to be completed by 2023.
    We trust that this clarifies what we are proposing , but if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us again
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    These plans are a joke for cyclists coming down Black Road from Normanton and wishing to go into Wakefield either along Doncaster Road or the new Ring Road. How are they meant to cross the many lanes of Black Road without any lights to assist them? I have already complained about the dangers of this junction. There is no improvement.

    altofts dave asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your comment.

    Although the plans don’t include detailed proposals of improvements for cycling and walking at the junction, please be assured that we are aware of this requirement. Apologies if this point is not made clearly enough in the consultation material. The scheme plans for the bus lane options do include references to cycling and walking improvements. Please note that in all 3 options for the Black Road bus lane improvements, we are committed to reviewing the pedestrian and cycling provision at the junction of Black Road and Doncaster Road.

    The text on the plan for option 1 includes a box that states “New works required to alter traffic islands to accommodate bus lane with crossings improved for walkers and cyclists”

    The text on the plans for options 2 and 3 also  states “ Crossing provision for walkers and cyclists to be reviewed and improved”.  

    If the submitted Outline Business Case is successful,  detailed design work will follow later in the year. The detailed design of the junction will include a thorough review of the current crossing provision for cyclists and pedestrians,  and will also include detailed proposals for improvements. The design consultants are currently undertaking road safety audits on all the proposals which may identify other things that are required. The expectation is that the Black Road crossings will be signalised.

    It should however be noted that the improvements will be expected to focus on the movement between Black Road and the WERR cycling facilities as this connects to the proposed improved riverside path between the WERR and Chantry Bridge. 

    From your comment, you clearly feel that the crossing need to be signalised. Although we have noted your concerns from the question you submitted, please can you ensure that you complete the survey and clearly outline what your expectations are for cycling and walking provision at this location and your views on the rest of the proposals.

    We trust that this addresses your concerns, but if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.