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East Leeds Extension Transport Improvements


The East Leeds Transport Improvements consist of the following linked package of projects. We currently estimate that the package of improvements will cost £116 million, to be funded by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and by housing developments in the East Leeds Extension.

East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR)

The planning application for ELOR has now been submitted, you can view and comment on the application via the Planning Portal using application reference 17/04351/ .

The ELOR will connect the Outer Ring Road at Red Hall around the east side of Leeds joining a new Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR) and connecting through Thorpe Park into junction 46 of the M1 motorway. ELOR will be a 7.5km dual carriageway which will provide the capacity to support increased traffic from allocated development in the ELE and vehicular access into the development areas as well reducing the impact of traffic growth on the existing highway network. The artist impressions which are available from the documents section show what the road, surrounding landscaping and bridge crossings could look like.

The ELOR is a requirement established through the Local Development Framework. Construction is currently programmed to start in Spring 2018 with completion by the end of 2021.


In addition to the public consultation held to date, a range of other groups and individuals have been involved in drawing up the plans. These include the Environment Agency, Historic England, West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Ward Members, Parish Councils, land owners, Leeds Local Access Forum and Leeds Cycling Forum.

Feedback from the last consultation has been used to influence the ELOR design and where possible to address issues and concerns that have been raised. The submitted plans incorporate further detail on landscaping, drainage and crossings to the countryside between the north and east.

If you would like to comment on the ELOR planning application as part of the statutory consultation period you can view and comment on the application via the Planning Portal using application reference 17/04351/. In addition to the planning documents and plans, a Statement of Community Involvement has been included as part of the application.

The below fly-through video illustrates the proposed road layout.​

Outer Ring Road Junction Improvements

Forming a critical part of the wider transport improvements in the ELE, these include improvements to three junctions on sections of the existing outer ring road west of Red Hall. Initial traffic modelling work has indicated the A6120/Roundhay Park Lane junction is likely to form a traffic bottleneck in future years, particularly once ELOR is completed and housing in the ELE built. An improvement to this signalled junction will be undertaken as part of the overall package. Further to the west, the A6120/A61 Harrogate Road and Stonegate Road junctions suffer from peak period congestion. Designs for the proposed improvements have been developed and construction is due to commence in the winter 2017 and will last for 15 months, independently of the main ELOR project. Separate feasibility studies are being carried out on the A6120/King Lane and King Lane/Stonegate Road junctions with a view to incorporating improvements to these during the ELOR works programme. Further details regarding these improvements can be found on the Outer Ring Road Improvements page.

A6120 Enhancement

This will include enhancements to the existing A6120 Outer Ring Road between Red Hall and the M1, to help East Leeds to become more attractive and safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.

East Leeds Transport Strategy

A transport strategy for East Leeds has been drafted which brings together the range of transport improvements which are proposed both as part of the ELE and more widely across the area to allow better connectivity with Leeds city centre and other destinations such as Thorpe Park and the Leeds Enterprise Zone. This includes the potential for bus corridor improvements along the A64 York Road, opportunities for a new railway station at Thorpe Park which could provide not only better access to Leeds and York for nearby residents, but also a strategic park and ride facility, options to extend local bus services as part of the ELE and more extensive pedestrian and cycle connectivity improvements.

The ELOR scheme is expected to bring significant transportation benefits as well as facilitating delivery of the ELE residential development. An indicative masterplan of the proposed transport improvements can be found in the documents section of this page, with the transport strategy itself forming part of the ELE Development Framework.


Click to expandWhat will the ELOR speed limit be?

The ELOR between Red Hall and Manston Lane will be a 2 lane dual carriageway link with a 50mph speed limit.

South of Manston Lane, the Manston Lane Link (constructed as part of the Thorpe Park development, linking M1 Junction 46 to the Thorpe park development and Manston Lane) will be upgraded from 2 lane dual carriageway to 3 lane dual carriageway. This section of the route will have a 40mph speed limit.

As part of the A6120 enhancements, opportunities for speed limit reductions along the existing route are also being looked at.


Click to expandWill there be changes to existing roads, footways or bridleways?

Yes, Coal Road to the north of Red Hall Lane/Skeltons Lane will be closed off where it meets the new ELOR.It is also proposed that Thorner Lane will be closed off where it meets the A64, with alternative access to this local route to be gained via ELOR.

It is expected that some Public Rights of Way will need to be diverted, retaining access to the countryside beyond ELOR.​

Click to expandWhat diversions/closures will be in place?

At this stage, the exact construction phasing is yet to be determined and the exact nature of the closures and diversions are still to be finalised.

It is anticipated that the majority of the scheme will be built without effect on existing highways and closures / diversions will only be required for tie-ins with existing routes:

A6120 Ring Road
A58 Wetherby Road
Skelton’s Lane 
A64 York Road
Barwick Road
Manston Lane. ​​​

Click to expandWill pedestrians and cyclists be able to use the road?

Running adjacent to the ELOR will be a segregated footway and cycleway which will incorporate links into the surrounding pedestrian and cycle network. The footway and cycleway will be separate from the road, ensuring a safe and accessible route is provided for pedestrians and cyclists.​

Click to expandWill public rights of way be maintained?

Where possible, existing Public rights of Way will be maintained or relocated in consultation with landowners and interested groups. During construction it will be necessary to divert some routes temporarily until safe access is accessible to the public again.

In addition, during construction it may be necessary to temporarily divert some existing footways and cycleways to ensure users’ safety.

When it is necessary to temporarily close or divert footways and cycleways we will post details in advance and provide information about suitable diversion routes. Closures will be kept to a minimum to avoid any unnecessary disruption.

Click to expandWill I still be able to access businesses when the roadworks are in place?

Access to businesses and properties will be maintained throughout construction of the scheme. There will be occasions where we may have to provide temporary access into a business or property, but this will be discussed with the business/property owner and agreed in advance.

Where it may be necessary to temporarily close an access, we will try to do this out of operational hours for a business and for a property when people are out at work or not requiring access. This will be planned in advance with those affected.

Click to expandWhat will the effect be on my property?

As part of the proposed East Leeds Orbital Road, Leeds City Council must fulfil its obligations under Part 2 of the Land Compensation Act 1973.

This requires the Council to assess nearby residential properties under the guidance of the Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 (as amended 1988). The regulations define the following eligibility criteria which must be met in the 15 years following the official opening:

  • Façade road traffic noise levels must meet or exceed the specified level of 68dB(A) L10 (18 hour)
  • Receive an increase of road traffic noise of at least 1dB(A) L10 (18 hour)
  • The new road must contribute at least 1dB(A) L10 (18 hour) to the expected noise level
  • Must be within 300 metres of the new road

Where the relevant criteria are met, the council has a statutory obligation to make an offer of noise insulation to the occupant or property owner. The noise insulation package is designed to give the noise reduction specified under the regulations as mitigation against the increased noise from traffic using the ELOR.

The Noise Insulation Regulations require the Council to carry out a noise assessment and draw up a list or map identifying all buildings that have been identified as likely to qualify for an offer of noise insulation no later than six months after the new road is first opened. Where it is identified that noise during construction may be a significant factor to particular households, the Council has discretion to make the offer of noise insulation prior to construction starting.

Reduction in value arising from the use of public works – Land Compensation Act 1973 Part I
Anyone who has an interest in a residential dwelling and who feels that as a result of a public works there has been a depreciation in value due to one or more of the ‘physical factors’ arising from the use of the works can make a claim for compensation under Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 against the relevant authority. Claims may also be made by owner occupiers of other premises provided the annual rateable value is less that £36,000. The physical factors include:-

  • noise
  • vibration
  • smell
  • fumes
  • smoke
  • artificial lighting
  • discharge onto the land of any solid or liquid substance

For a claim to be valid, the public works have to include alterations to existing infrastructure (other than re-surfacing or line painting) or a new build scenario. . Claims cannot be made until the public works have been opened for 12 months, but claimants can lodge a claim at any time during the first 6 years following opening. The Council will pass valid claims on to the Council’s appointed surveyor who will make an independent assessment. The Council will then make an offer of compensation reflecting the assessment made by surveyor.

Information prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government t outlining the workings of the Land Compensation Act can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/571453/booklet4.pdf. This information includes details on a number of organisations which may be able to provide further advice.

Reduction in value caused by the execution of works
Compensation is also payable under section 10 of the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965 (also known as the McCarthy Rules) for injurious affection where a loss occurs because some right in property e.g a right of way (as opposed to the property itself) is removed or interfered with. In order to secure compensation, the claimant must demonstrate that the injurious affection.

  • must be in consequence of the exercise of a statutory power relating to the execution of the works
  • arises from that which would, if done without statutory authority, have been actionable at law (e.g a nuisance)
  • arises from a physical interference with some right, public or private, which attaches to the claimant's land
  • arises solely from the execution of the works and not as a result of their subsequent use
  • compensation must be ascertainable in accordance with the general rules applicable to damages in tort (civil claims)

Compensation is assessed as at the date when the loss occurs and the limitation period for claims is 6 years.

Information prepared by the Department for Communities and Local Government outlining the workings of the Land Compensation Act can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/571453/booklet4.pdf. This information includes details on a number of organisations which may be able to provide further advice.

Land needed for the ELOR
The council will need to acquire some land and buildings from current owners in order to build the ELOR. Discussions are already taking place with the majority of relevant owners.


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