East Leeds orbital route opens in time for Leeds Festival weekend

The new East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) will be fully open in time for Leeds festival-goers to use by August 26, 2022, subject to road safety checks being completed.

ELOR is a 7km long dual carriageway, linking the A6120 (Outer Ring Road Shadwell) in the north to Manston Lane in the south where it connects to the Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR) which is delivered as part of the Thorpe Park Layout. When it opens, ELOR will become a new section of the Leeds Outer Ring Road.

The dual carriageway includes five new roundabouts on the A6120, A58, Skelton’s Lane, A64 and Barwick Road. The A64, often an area of ​​high congestion during the festival weekend, will benefit from the new dual carriageway increasing road capacity for people arriving at the festival by car or coach.

Its opening will also reduce congestion in existing residential areas across Cross Gates, Seacroft, Whitkirk, which are often heavily impacted by incoming traffic to the Leeds Festival site in Bramham Park.

A confirmed August opening date will be announced later. For regular project updates, visit: ELOR website.

Remaining work on the project includes landscaping, which has seasonal planting restrictions and will continue until the contractual completion date in December 2022. Some isolated traffic management may be required to facilitate this work, but this will be limited to off-peak and nighttime hours only.

Councilor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate, said:

“It is great that the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR), the largest infrastructure project undertaken by Leeds City Council in fifty years since the completion of the Leeds Inner Ring Road, is open in time for the Leeds Festival weekend at Bramham Park.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but our contractor is now confident about the opening. I am grateful to everyone involved in this very important and vitally important civil engineering project for the city.

“I encourage everyone traveling to the festival to plan their trip in advance to help ease traffic congestion during this exceptionally busy bank holiday weekend.”

Stephen Semple, Regional Director at Balfour Beattysaid:

“As a testament to the dedication and hard work of our teams over the past three years, we are delighted that the East Leeds Orbital Route is now open on schedule and ahead of the Leeds Festival in August.

“Working alongside Leeds City Council, we have made a significant and lasting contribution to the local economy and community, engaging a local workforce where possible while also providing many workshops on employment and skills for the surrounding community.”


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Edward L. Robinett