M621 junctions 1 to 7

We’re carrying out a series of improvements to key junctions on the M621.

Start date Started
End date 2022-24
Cost £49.8M

Latest updates

  • 18 June 2024

    Overnight closures 18 June to 1 July

    Between 18 June to 1 July we will be undertaking a series of overnight closures on the M621.

    You may also notice some lane closures in place overnight while we carry out our improvement works, particularly around Junction 2.

    Lane closures create a safe area for our work force and live traffic while allowing the roads and junctions to remain open. Where it is safe to do so, we will install lane closures instead of full closures to minimise disruption.

    Upcoming closures:
    Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7

    • M621 Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Thursday 20 June (between 8pm and 6am)
    • M621 Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Friday 21 June (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7

    • M621 Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June
    No planned closures

    Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 1

    • M621 Junction 2 eastbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Tuesday 25 June (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    For all of the above closures, fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

  • 03 June 2024

    M621 Planned closures: 3 - 16 June 2024

    Between Monday 3 and Sunday 16 June 2024, we will be undertaking a series of overnight closures on the M621. You may also notice some lane closures in place overnight while we carry out our improvement works, particularly around Junction 2.

    Lane closures create a safe area for our work force and live traffic while allowing the roads and junctions to remain open. Where it is safe to do so, we will install lane closures instead of full closures to minimise disruption.

    Upcoming closures:

    Monday 3 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Tuesday 4 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Wednesday 5 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Thursday 6 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 and Junction 1 of the M621 (A61 to B&Q roundabout)

     Friday 7 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 and Junction 1 of the M621 (A61 to B&Q roundabout)

    Saturday 8 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Sunday 9 June 2024

    • No planned closures

     Monday 10 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

    • Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight
    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Tuesday 11 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

    • Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight
    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Wednesday 12 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

    • Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight
    • M621 mainline carriageway closed over junction 2. Traffic will be diverted off the M621 via the junction 2 exit slip road, and rejoin the other side of the junction via the junction 2 entry slip road.

    Thursday 13 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road) for super-span gantry installation

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 and Junction 1 of the M621 (A61 to B&Q roundabout) for super-span gantry installation

     Friday 14 June 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    • M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road) for super-span gantry installation

    • M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 and Junction 1 of the M621 (A61 to B&Q roundabout) for super-span gantry installation

     Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2024

    • No planned closures

    For all of the above closures, fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

     

  • 13 May 2024

    Planned closures 13 - 31 May

    M621 Planned closures: 13 - 31 May 2024

    M621 overnight closures

    Between Monday 13 April and Friday 31 May 2024, we will be undertaking a series of overnight closures on the M621. You may also notice some lane closures in place overnight while we carry out our improvement works, particularly around Junction 2.

    Lane closures create a safe area for our work force and live traffic while allowing the roads and junctions to remain open. Where it is safe to do so, we will install lane closures instead of full closures to minimise disruption.

    Upcoming closures:

    Monday 13 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 3 entry slip road and Junction 4 exit slip road

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

      

    Tuesday 14 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 3 entry slip road and Junction 4 exit slip road

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Wednesday 15 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 3 entry slip road and Junction 4 exit slip road

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Thursday 16 May 2024

    Closure will not be installed until after Leeds United fixture at Elland Road.

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 3 entry slip road and Junction 4 exit slip road

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Friday 17 May 2024  (between 8pm and 6am) 

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 3 entry slip road and Junction 4 exit slip road

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2024

    No planned closures

     

    Monday 20 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Diversion J1 - J3

      

    Tuesday 21 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Diversion J1 - J3

     

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 exit slip road and Junction 3 entry slip road

     

    Wednesday 22 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Diversion J1-J3

     

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 4 exit slip road and Junction 3 entry slip road

     

    Thursday 23 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 3 (B&Q roundabout to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Diversion j1- j3

     

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

    Diversion J1 - J3

    Junction 2 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

     

    Friday 24 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    No planned closures

     

    Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May 2024

    No planned closures

     

    Tuesday 28 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Junction 4 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Wednesday 29 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Junction 4 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Thursday 30 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Junction 4 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

     

    Friday 31 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    Junction 2a eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 westbound entry slip road closed overnight

    For all of the above closures, fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

    We know there’s never a good time to close a busy road like the M621 and understand closures can cause disruption to journeys, for which we apologise.

    To reduce the impact of our improvement works on road users we will be carrying out any works that require closures overnight while traffic levels are lighter. So, if you don’t see us working on the road during the day, this is why.

    We’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out our improvement work.

  • 29 April 2024

    Planned closures 29 April - 12 May

    Between Monday 29 April and Sunday 12 May 2024, we will be undertaking a series of overnight closures on the M621. You may also notice some lane closures in place overnight while we carry out our improvement works, particularly around Junction 2.

    Lane closures create a safe area for our work force and live traffic while allowing the roads and junctions to remain open. Where it is safe to do so, we will install lane closures instead of full closures to minimise disruption.

    Upcoming closures:

    Monday 29 April 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

     

    Tuesday 30 April 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

     

    Wednesday 1 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

    Junction 1 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Thursday 2 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

    Junction 1 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Friday 3 May 2024  (between 8pm and 6am)   

    M621 eastbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 1 and Junction 7 (B&Q roundabout to Stourton Park and Ride)

     

    Junction 1 westbound exit slip road closed overnight

    Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May 2024

    No planned closures

    Tuesday 7 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

     

    Junction 1 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Wednesday 8 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 3 of the M621 (Stourton Park and Ride to A653/Dewsbury Road)

     

    Junction 1 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight 

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Thursday 9 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 1 (Stourton Park and Ride to B&Q roundabout)

     

    Junction 1 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight 

    Junction 2a eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Friday 10 May 2024 (between 8pm and 6am)

    M621 westbound carriageway closed overnight between Junction 7 and Junction 1 (Stourton Park and Ride to B&Q roundabout)

     

    Junction 1 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 2a eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Junction 3 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2024

    Junction 1 eastbound entry slip road closed overnight

    For all of the above closures, fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

    We know there’s never a good time to close a busy road like the M621 and understand closures can cause disruption to journeys, for which we apologise.

    To reduce the impact of our improvement works on road users we will be carrying out any works that require closures overnight while traffic levels are lighter. So, if you don’t see us working on the road during the day, this is why.

    We’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carry out our improvement work.

  • 08 December 2023

    Watch: Super new footage shows gantry lifted into place over Leeds motorway

    This captivating footage shows the grand entrance of one of two new super-span gantries being lifted into place above the M621 in Leeds.

    Towering over both carriageways, the new structures - named super-span gantries as they span the road in both directions instead of just one - mark a step forward in National Highways’ £49.8m scheme of major improvements to the key West Yorkshire route.

    The timelapse video shows one of the structures being installed between junction 2 and junction 3, adjacent to the junction 2a slip road. Another super-span gantry has been installed at junction 2 of the M621 near Elland Road:

    Watch it here 

     

  • 06 December 2023

    Awards Awards Awards

    Over recent weeks the team behind the M621 junctions 1-7 improvement scheme have had their hard work recognised through a series of awards:

    Highways Heroes

    Danny Grant who works for #Keltbray has deservedly won a #HighwaysHeroes award for inspiring others to consider a career in construction after a tough start in life.

    https://www.highwaysheroes.com/post/highways-heroes-nominated-in-focus-danny-grant-keltbray

    Inspiring Women in Construction

    The female-led project team achieved a CN and NCE Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Award for Excellence in Leadership at a ceremony at the Leonardo Royal in London. 

    Around 65 per cent of the motorway upgrade’s leadership are female covering different sectors including safety, quality, information management, commercial and facilities management.  

    Recognition for Supporting Communities

    Just a few weeks ago the team were Highly Commended for ‘Going the Extra Mile’ and supporting South Leeds communities at the CECA Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

     

  • 27 October 2023

    Installation of Super-span gantries junction 2

    Two new overhead gantries will be set in place above the M621 in Leeds during the next phase of work.

    They will be installed next month at junction 2 near Elland Road, and between junction 2 and junction 3, adjacent to the junction 2a slip road. 

    Photo of the M621 motorway near Leeds. Slip roads and carriageway with cars travelling along the route.

    The structures are part of our major improvements to the M621 between junctions 1 and 7, which will include new safety cameras and improved signage as well as free flow links connecting the A643 at junction 2 and extra lane capacity at junctions 2 and 7. 

    During the installation, the M621 will be closed between junction 1 and junction 3 eastbound, and junction 4 and junction 2 westbound, on the following dates: 

    • On Saturday 4 November, the gantry is being installed at junction 2a.
    • On Saturday 11 November, the new structure is being installed at junction 2 
    • Between Monday 13 and Friday 17 November, closures will be in place while all necessary completion work to the structures is carried out.

    This work will all be carried out overnight once the M621 has been closed to traffic, between 8pm and 8am at weekends, and 8pm and 6am on weekdays. 

    Fully signed diversions will be in place. 

    We would like to thank drivers and local residents for their continued patience as we progress this major project in the region. 

  • 11 October 2023

    Update on temporary changes at Elland Road and Cemetery Road junction.

    Since the closure of Junction 2a at the end of June 2023, we have recently been undertaking work around Elland Road and Cemetery Road junction.

    This work will allow us to increase capacity at the junction, and also create new signalised crossings between Cemetery Road and Elland Road.

    What have we done so far?

    Our first phase of work, which involved the temporary closure of Elland Road and permanent closure of Junction 2a, was completed on schedule ahead of the new football season starting at the beginning of August 2023. Following this, our work has been focused on the new additional lane on Elland Road south. This has included ground preparation and the installation of kerbs and surfacing.

    In addition to this, we have also been continuing our work to improve traffic flow at junction 2, by widening the roundabout next to Elland Road. Work has also been taking place to increase the capacity on the slip roads. Once the scheme has been completed, Junction 2 will be able to accommodate additional traffic. In turn, this will also help with the level of congestion in this area and will improve journey times and reduce the risk of slow speed collisions.

    What is happening next?

    During the next stage of our improvement work, we will be focusing on the area of Cemetery Road, outside City Evangelical Church. This will include the installation of ducting, power supply, and new lowered kerbs which will support the new signalised junction and crossing in this location. We are working closely with Leeds City Council to deliver these improvements, which once complete, will increase both pedestrian and road safety around this busy junction.

    From Monday 16 October 2023, we will be undertaking excavation and installation work within the footways on Cemetery Road (adjacent to City Evangelical Church). This will require some temporary diversions of the pedestrian routes. Whilst these will be kept to a minimum, the routes will be carefully signed and diversions will be kept as short as possible.

    Cemetery Road Bus Stop

    In preparation for the reopening of the permanent bus stop on Cemetery Road, we will be relocating the temporary stop closer towards its permanent position, further north along Cemetery Road. We would like to thank you for your patience while we deliver these improvements and apologise for any delay and disruption caused to residents during this time.

     

  • 07 July 2023

    M621 team lend support to special places in Leeds

    Our major project to improve the M621, junctions 1-7 in Leeds, delivered by National Highways and led by our principle contractor Keltbray, continues to make good progress in South Leeds. 

    The M621 runs through residential communities and as part of a national month of volunteering in June, Keltbray supporting National Highways, alongside other contractors working on roads projects across Yorkshire including Balfour Beatty, took part in two rewarding volunteering days to support the local community. 

    You can read more about this work here

    A team of four volunteers in hi vis tabards standing in bracken at Adel Woods Leeds

  • 20 June 2023

    Exit slip road at junction 2a now permanently closed

    Exit slip road at junction 2a now permanently closed

    We have permanently closed the exit slip road at junction 2a to allow us to create a signalised junction and crossing between Cemetery Road and Elland Road. The entry slip at junction 2a will remain open.

    This is the next stage of the major programme of work between junctions 1 and 7 of the M621. This will enable traffic to flow much more smoothly and safely, especially during peak times.

    The closure of the exit slip road follows extensive consultation during which residents of the area near junction 2a at Holbeck raised concerns around the amount of commuter traffic using junction 2a and surrounding local roads as a shortcut into the city.

  • 26 May 2023

    Exit slip road closure at junction 2a set for June

    Towards the end of June, we will permanently close the M621 junction 2a exit slip road, allowing the creation of the signalised junction and crossing between Cemetery Road and Elland Road. The entry slip road joining the M621 at Junction 2a will remain open.  

    This is the next stage of the major programme of work between junctions 1 and 7 of the M621. This will enable traffic to flow much more smoothly and safely, especially during peak times. 

    This phase has been planned to use the break in the football season to mitigate the impact on school and match day traffic.

    Preparation works in the area will begin from 31 May, with temporary traffic lights at the junction of Elland Road and Cemetery Road.

    Following the permanent closure of the Junction 2a exit slip road towards the end of June, there will be a full temporary closure of Elland Road south from Baron Close for around eight weeks while the main upgrade works for the signalised junction are carried out.: 

    This closure follows extensive public consultations around the M621 where people raised concerns around the amount of commuter traffic using junction 2a and surrounding local roads as a shortcut into the city.

    We took the concerns on board and developed this scheme to include additional improvements to Elland Road and Cemetery Road, creating a more resident-focussed community within this area.

    Junction 2a was initially not planned to close until autumn this year, after the improvements to junction 2 were complete. However, due to the programme moving ahead of schedule, and restrictions needing to take place within the break in the football season, the work has been accelerated.

    Upgrades to increase capacity on the Junction 2 westbound exit slip will be complete before the closure of J2a. 

    Work will be carried out during the night, and weekends. National Highways is working with delivery partner Keltbray and Leeds City Council to keep disruption to a minimum. During full closures, traffic will be diverted along routes that have been agreed with the local authority.

    We have also worked closely with Leeds City Council on the closures of Elland Road and Cemetery Road. 

    We work when traffic levels are lighter; however, due to it being quieter in the area, there may be some noise impact. We are however, looking to ensure that around residential areas we complete our most disruptive work as early as possible within the shifts. 

    The M621 project will go on to create free flow links connecting the A643 at junction 2, as well as extra lane capacity at both junctions 2 and 7. 

    Additional technology is proposed along the length of the motorway to safely manage traffic in the event of an incident and to keep drivers better informed.

  • 21 December 2022

    M621 Christmas closure suspension

    M621 Christmas closure suspension

    While delivering our improvements to the M621 between junctions 1 and 7, we are working closely with Leeds City Council around their transport strategy for the city. To support this, we will be suspending all closures between Tuesday 20 December 2022 and Tuesday 03 January 2023, to allow everyone to enjoy the festive season and Christmas shopping.

    We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their patience to date during the start of our improvement works and wish you all a very merry Christmas.

  • 20 December 2022

    The Big Sleep and winter donations


    On the 24th November, alongside Keltbray and our suppliers , Premier-TM, Saferoad and Queenswood Engagement, the M621 project team took part in the 2022 Leeds Big Sleep to raise money for St George’s Crypt, St Gemma’s Hospice and Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

    Leeds Big Sleep is an award-winning fundraising challenge event which encourages participants to spend one night under the stars at Headingley Stadium, home of Leeds Rhinos, giving up just one night of comfort to raise money to give care and many different kinds of support to people in the city. All funds raised are shared
    equally between the three Leeds Charities. Funds raised for this year’s Big Sleep by National Highways, Keltbray, and suppliers Premier-TM, Saferoad and Queenswood Engagement have reached over £6,694.

     

    Winter donation project

    The M621 project team are further supporting St
    Georges Crypt by running a winter donation project. The project was launched in October ahead of the cold winter months, and has encouraged members of the M621 project team, suppliers and contractors to donate their pre-loved winter coats, clothing, and blankets to help homeless people in the local area. It is a simple way of making sure that someone less fortunate benefits from our unwanted winter clothes, and has been hugely supported by the project.


    We recently visited St Georges Crypt to hand over the first batch coats and clothing, and we continue to support the work of this incredible charity with further donations. The team have been running a Christmas raffle in the lead up to the Christmas break which has raised money to support buying other much needed
    items such as underwear, socks and warm trousers, as well as Christmas presents.

  • 06 December 2022

    Work starts on junction 2

    The work to add and widen lanes at the busy junction 2 (Elland Road) started on Monday (5 December).

    There will be additional lanes at the junction 2 roundabout, as well as a dedicated lane and left turn between the M621 and A643 northbound.

    Ahead of the improvement works in this area, we are installing narrower lanes around junction 2 and its approaches. This means the same number of lanes can remain open for public traffic, therefore not reducing capacity - which helps keep delays to a minimum.

    This week we will start work at the north-west of the junction where the dedicated lane to the A643 will be installed.

    Lane closures and roadworks

    Between Monday 5 and Monday 19 December there will be some overnight closures on the M621.

    On 5 December, the M621 westbound will be closed between junction 4 and junction 1 (A61 to B&Q roundabout) for survey works within this section of the carriageway. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place. 

    As well as working with Leeds City Council, we continue to engage with Leeds United Football Club to ensure that the scheme is considering the needs of fans travelling to and from the Elland Road stadium. The two organisations are also working in partnership to keep any disruption to a minimum during events being held at the stadium.

    As work progresses on the scheme, we are also reminding pedestrians to continue to keep to safe routes and not walk on the motorway itself, nor any areas of construction on and around the road. This comes after a number of incursions - instances of vehicles or people entering the works area – were reported as the football season began in August.

Project information

Give us your feedback

Visit our M621 junctions 1-7 interactive tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: M621J1to7@highwaysengland.co.uk

We will reduce congestion by adding additional lanes for vehicles to use at the junction 2 roundabout and junction 3 westbound, as well as between junctions 2 and 3 where we’ll convert the existing hard shoulder into an additional lane for traffic.  

Motorists will be safer as our scheme will enable vehicles to move more freely at existing junctions – reducing stopping traffic and the risk of shunts and slow speed collisions. Vehicles will no longer have to stop at junction 2 and will instead be able to move freely between the M621 and A643. We’ll also be changing junction 3 westbound to give priority to the main M621 traffic, allowing it to flow more freely. Improvements at this junction will also remove conflicts where the traffic merges in this area. Permanently closing junction 2a will allow junction 3 improvements to reduce the risk of collisions resulting from the short distance between junctions 3 and 2a.  

During peak times traffic is very congested on the M621 between junctions 1 and 7, making people’s journeys unreliable and leading to shunts and slow-speed collisions between vehicles.  

Our scheme will ease congestion at key locations along the M621, providing a better, safer, experience for motorists and more reliable journeys. This is great news for the local and regional economy as our scheme will support economic growth aspirations – helping people and businesses access Leeds city centre and the surrounding area.

We published the Made Orders for the M621 junctions 1 to 7 improvement scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 31 October 2019 and submitted both the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation.

On Friday 10 January 2020 the Department for Transport issued a ‘notice of intention to hold Public Local Inquiries’ into the Side Roads Order and Compulsory Purchase Order published in October 2019 following an objection to the scheme proposals.

A Public Inquiry was scheduled, pre-COVID-19 pandemic, for June 2020 where an independent planning inspector would hear evidence from Highways England and interested parties.

Due to the current restrictions it was postponed and rescheduled for early November 2020. We’ve been working with the objector to the scheme and the objection has now been removed and the planned inquiry cancelled by the Department for Transport.

The initial published Made Orders and other supporting documentation, along with our Statement of Case for the then anticipated public inquiry can still be viewed within the documents area below.

If you have difficulty accessing any of the documents please contact us and we will try to supply you directly with an electronic copy.

Secretary of State decision letter

The Secretary of State for Transport on Friday 27 November 2020 issued his decision on the scheme proposals, confirming the Compulsory Purchase Order without modification and confirming the Side Roads Order with modifications.

Confirmed Orders 2020

Following the Secretary of State decision letter, we’ve prepared copies of the confirmed Orders.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing, it wasn’t possible for us to deposit a physical copy of the Orders at a document viewing location. However they can be viewed electronically below:

Side Roads Order Confirmation Notice 
Confirmed Side Roads Order 2019 with modifications 
Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice 
Confirmed Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 

The Confirmation Notice in relation to the Side Roads Order was published on Friday 11 December 2020 and the Confirmation Notice in relation to the Compulsory Purchase Order was published on Thursday 17 December 2020. These respective dates are the start of the six weeks High Court challenge periods for each Order.

Following publication of the Compulsory Purchase Order Confirmation Notice on 17 December 2020, we have now begun the acquisition process of the land required to construct the scheme. Part of the land is being acquired by General Vesting Declaration (GVD) which will transfer the ownership of land required to Highways England.

The relevant GVDs and their accompanying plans are available to view in the General Vesting Declarations section in the Documents area below.

Improvements to the M621 Leeds

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M621 Virtual Hall

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Other works happening in Leeds

Find out what Leeds City Council also have planned on the roads within the city.

Leeds City Centre roadworks

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Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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