Balfour Beatty will deliver the first stages of the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) project, it has been announced.
The decision comes six months after the original preferred contractor Carillion collapsed weeks after being appointed to the scheme.
The first two stages of the £126M ring road includes works to improve a number of existing junctions and develop the design for the ELOR. Balfour Beatty will begin work this summer, and it is expected to take 15 months.
Leeds City Council insisted that the collapse of Carillion would not delay the project, however it was annouced today that construction of the road will start late next year instead of April as originally planned. The local authority said ‘robust’ contingency measures had been in place to deal with Carillion’s collapse.
Leeds City Council regeneration, transport and planning executive member Richard Lewis said: “This is great news for the long term future of East Leeds and the city as a whole.
“The investment in ELOR will make for better, more efficient journeys and the new and improved roads will move and manage traffic away from existing residential areas. Not only this, but updated pedestrian and cycleway infrastructure and carefully designed landscaping and drainage are planned.
“This will make things better for cyclists and walkers, with our carefully considered landscape plans making a difference to areas at risk of flooding.”
The proposed dual carriageway is expected to include five new crossings, five new roundabouts, and a 9.8ha country park to the east. Construction will take about three years.
The dual carriageway is part of the wider East Leeds Extension that aims to unlock this underdeveloped section of the city and includes a £116M transport improvements package. 5000 homes will be built as part of the development.
“ELE and ELOR will also see extra jobs, homes and transport improvements - significant opportunities as ELE and the new orbital road play their part in Leeds’s continued economic growth and success”, Lewis added.
“I welcome the interest and responses we have seen to consultation and engagement, helping us ensure plans can reflect local needs and views. I look forward to seeing the development delivering for people in Leeds in coming years.”
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