RESIDENTS in Seamer are breathing a sigh of relief as work gets under way on a much-anticipated new roundabout.
The crossroads at the junction of the B1261 (the “old” A64), Stoney Haggs Road and Pasture Lane, has been labelled an “accident blackspot” over the years.
However, the crossroads is now being upgraded to a mini roundabout, which will hopefully make the busy junction safer and more convenient for drivers.
Work on the £60,000 improvement work starts today and is expected to be completed within four weeks.
Hayley Pickles, who lives in Stoney Haggs Road, is delighted to see the work being carried out at last.
The mum of five, who works at Tesco in Westwood, said: “My mum has lived in this street for 50 years and they were promised a roundabout when they moved in!
“She’s been waiting for it all my life and there have been some horrendous accidents over the years.
“My grandad used to live at number 1 and he had a crowbar in his shed to help people get out of their vehicles after accidents.”
Mrs Pickles added: “Residents can’t wait for it. I think it’ll make a big difference to safety because people understand roundabouts.
“A lot of problems at the junction have happened because people didn’t know whether it was their right of way.”
County councillor David Jeffels, who has been pressing for the roundabout for several years, said: “It has taken a long time to become a reality because of spending cuts, but it is very welcome news especially for the people of Crossgates and Seamer.
“This is an extremely busy crossroads and as such there have been road safety issues which have resulted in a number of collisions, albeit relatively minor ones over the years.
“The new roundabout will be a great asset to local motorists, from both a road safety and convenience point of view.”
The junction will also be resurfaced as part of the work.