A ceremony at the former Red Hall nursery site has seen the formal commencement of the East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) development.

The route will provide the infrastructure to match growing traffic numbers and future requirements as the East Leeds Extension sees in the region of 5,000 new houses built. It will also include dedicated cycleways, pedestrian and equestrian pathways, as well as specially designed access points to improve access to surrounding areas.

The scheme will also see a significant investment in green-blue infrastructure which incorporates planting of trees and other plants as well as sustainable water management solutions along the route which will improve drainage, provide environmental benefits and add to the look and feel of the route.

With enhancements to roundabouts and junctions there is a clear plan to deliver better transport across the north east of Leeds. The construction of the scheme’s initial two phases (Outer Ring Road Junction Improvements on the A61 corridor and at the Roundhay Park Lane Junction and design development of the main ELOR route) will be carried out by Balfour Beatty, with the third phase proposed to commence late 2019 if all statutory approvals are obtained.

Leeds City Council have worked closely with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to arrange for funding from a range of sources to be in place, with Phases One and Two expected to cost around £16m