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Leeds £126M ring road 'unaffected' by Carillion collapse

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The £126M East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) scheme will not be delayed by the collapse of Carillion, despite the failed firm being preferred bidder for the project’s advanced works contract, Leeds City Council has heard. 

The 7km dual carriageway received a further boost at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board yesterday when the local authority confirmed it would issue Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) and Side Roads Order (SROs) to help land assembly.

Work on the road is scheduled to start in April next year and is expected to be completed by December 2021. The scheme faced a setback last month after Carillion, which had been named preferred bidder for the £14M advanced works contract just weeks earlier, collapsed into liquidation.

But a report from the council’s director of city development, issued to the executive board, said that the search for a new contractor was not expected to adversely affect the overall delivery programme.

The report also said that “the council anticipates there will be a public inquiry later in the year to hear any objections to the scheme”.

The CPOs and SROs have been formally issued after they were recommended in June last year.

The West Yorkshire Transport Fund has allocated £83M to the scheme, with the estimated £44M shortfall to be raised by the local authority.

The proposed dual carriageway will include five new crossings, five new roundabouts, and a 9.8ha country park. Consultant WSP took the scheme to planning permission, which was granted by the City Plans Panel on 23 November last year.

The road development is part of the wider East Leeds Extension that is expected to deliver 5,000 homes.

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