Leeds City Council are urging people to plan ahead for this weekend’s closure of the Armley Gyratory.
From 8pm on Friday (8 April 2022) until 5:30am on Monday (11 April 2022), Armley Gyratory will be fully closed to vehicles. On Monday 11 April the road will fully re-open with 30mph speed limits, narrower lanes, and other traffic management measures in place, which will allow the main improvements to be carried out safely.
The city remains open for visitors and people are very welcome to visit Leeds. If you normally use the Armley Gyratory, please follow the advice to avoid the closure.
To prepare for this closure and subsequent works, Leeds visitors, workers and residents are being urged to plan ahead (search Plan Ahead Leeds or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/planahead) before travelling and to sign up for regular email updates or follow Connecting Leeds on social media.
Ahead of the weekend closure:
- Plan ahead and travel early to allow plenty of time for journeys.
- Advanced warning signs at each road closure point informing the public of expected closures, times, and durations.
- First bus services No.4, 4F, 15, 16, 16A, 42, 72, 86, 87, and X6 are affected. See Metro website.
During the weekend closure:
Use public transport or park and ride sites with almost 4,000 spaces, is strongly recommended, as an alternative to driving into the centre.
- Elland Road for Park & Ride trips in from the southwest and west of Leeds.
- Stourton ideal for Park & Ride trips in the southeast and of Leeds.
- Temple Green ideal for Park & Ride trips in from the north and east of Leeds.
For shorter trips, leave the car at home and try walking or cycling instead. And for those who have no other option but to drive, a highways signed diversion is in place for motorists.
To avoid being caught up in the congestion, it’s important that people plan ahead and familiarise themselves with the recommended diversion routes. For specific destinations plan ahead, and for journeys from the motorway network or across the city, the following is advised:
- For access / egress from the motorway network to city centre and immediate area, you should use the M621 J3 and J4 and avoid using J2.
- For journeys to and from north and east of the city centre (e.g., Meanwood to Seacroft) to the city centre and beyond onto the motorway network, its recommended following permanent signage to the motorway network via the A61 and city centre loop to the east of the city centre avoiding directions to the A58 where possible.
- For journeys from the west of the city (e.g., Horsforth / Rawdon / Farsley Pudsey and beyond) to the motorway network, its recommended using the signed diversion via the A6110 or links to the motorway via the M606. Journeys to the city centre should use the A65 routes as per the signed diversion plan.
Leeds City Councillor Helen Hayden, executive member for infrastructure and climate,said:
“We’re working hard and as fast as we can with our contractors to make these improvements and I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience. We have done lots of work to try and minimise the disruption these works will create, but no matter what ever the amount of planning there will be some inevitable congestion. A weekend closure is safer for both the operatives working on the gyratory and the travelling public.
“The city remains open for visitors and people are very welcome to visit Leeds. if you normally use the Armley Gyratory, please follow the advice to avoid the closure. During the works and closures, if you can, we’d encourage you to access the city centre using public transport or park and ride sites at Elland Road, Stourton and Temple Green.
“Please make sure you plan ahead for any journeys in this area and if you do need to drive, familiarise yourself with the planned diversion routes. Regardless of how you travel, be sure to include some extra time in case of congestion. We have put together Armley Gyratory scheme details via www.leeds.gov.uk/planahead and again, thank you for your patience as we continue to transform travel in your city.”
Stuart Fillingham, Head of Network and Efficiency at First West Yorkshire, said:
“Park and Ride provides a quick and easy way to get into the city centre with trips taking around 15-20 minutes on a regular service throughout the day.
“We strongly advise drivers to consider using the network over the weekend to not only have an enjoyable journey into Leeds, but to help prevent congestion too.
“A number of our other services are affected by this closure and we have worked closely with partners in the local authority to put in place diversions but its very likely there will be some delays and inevitable disruption. Customers will find full details of route changes on the Metro website and can get updates by following us on our social media.”
This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council