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Essential roadworks to improve the layout of Leadgate Road, which connects Villa Real to Front Street, Leadgate, have now been completed.
Find out about the £2.4m project to remove Villa Real bridge to ease congestion and boost the local economy.
The new road is now open.
This major £2.4 million scheme involved the old Villa Real bridge (which had to be closed due to its poor condition) being demolished and the new road replacing it. Due to the narrowness of the old bridge it only allowed traffic to flow in one direction at a time causing a bottleneck for users of the route.
The new road is a direct, two lane carriageway linking Front Street, Leadgate and Villa Real, allowing for traffic to flow in both directions. As well as the new and improved road, the scheme has also seen new bus laybys installed and crossing islands for pedestrians and cyclists using the coast-to-coast route.
The improvements included:
The removal of the bridge will also prevent the need for any future maintenance works.