East Leeds Extension Transport Improvements

The ELE Transport Improvements consist of the following linked projects.

We currently estimate the improvements will cost £116 million, to be funded by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund and by funds raised through housing developments in the East Leeds Extension.

You can follow the latest ELOR developments on their project website

East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR)

The planning application for ELOR has now been approved and you can view the application via the Planning Portal using application reference 17/04351/LA.

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 vehicule access for the development areas, as well reducing the impact of traffic growth on the existing highway network.

The artist impressions, available from the related documents section, show how the road, surrounding landscaping and bridge crossings could look.

The ELOR is a requirement established through the Local Development Framework. Construction is currently due to start in Summer 2019 with completion by the end of 2021.

East Leeds Orbital Road aerial shot

As well as public consultation, 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 received through consultation has informed the approved ELOR design.

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 shows the A6120/Roundhay Park Lane junction is likely to risk being 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 completed 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 the construction which has started is expected to last for 15 months, until summer 2019.

Separate studies are being carried out on the A6120/King Lane and King Lane/Stonegate Road junctions with the intention of incorporating improvements to these during the ELOR works programme. 

Further details including contact 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 proposed 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 and opportunities for a new railway station at Thorpe Park which could provide not only better access to Leeds and York for nearby residents, 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 transport strategy is now included in the adopted SPD.

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





Artist impressions of the road, surrounding landscaping and bridge crossings https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Artists images ele.pdf894539pdf
ELOR - A64 Junction to Barwick Roadhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ELOR - A64 Junction to Barwick Road.pdf5573764pdf
ELOR - Barwick Road Junction to Manston Lanehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ELOR - Barwick Road Junction to Manston Lane.pdf4715374pdf
ELOR - Barwick Road Junctionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ELOR - Barwick Road Junction.pdf4260470pdf
ELOR - Coal Road to Skeltons Lanehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ELOR - Coal Road to Skeltons Lane.pdf5039573pdf
ELOR - Skeltons Lane Junctionhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/ELOR - Skeltons Lane Junction.pdf4778592pdf

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