Essential maintenance works commenced on 8th January 2018 on the historic Leeds Bridge which carries traffic on Bridge End over the River Aire by The Calls in the city centre.
Completed in 1873, the grade II-listed Leeds Bridge is made of wrought and cast iron, and the work to be carried out will see old concrete above the original ironwork deck removed and replaced with new stronger steel-reinforced concrete. Where needed, localised repairs will also be made to the ironwork before the bridge is then completely cleaned and repainted.
The bridge is also famous for being the location in 1888 of what is considered some of the world’s first-ever recorded moving film footage, when Louis Le Prince filmed traffic travelling across it.
Traffic restrictions from Sunday 21 January
The project is expected to take 16 months to complete, with traffic restrictions being in place from Sunday 21 January 2018 meaning there will be no access over the bridge for most northbound traffic (heading towards the city centre). Only the Elland Road Park and Ride service will continue to travel in that direction from 7am to 7pm on weekdays in order to minimise disruption for commuters.
signed diversion (PDF 863KB) will be established via Great Wilson Street, Crown Point Road, Kirkgate and The Calls for all other city-bound motorists.
While the work is carried out, two-way access will continue to be provided for cyclists, and access will be maintained throughout for pedestrians.
Details of the changes needed to bus services during the works can be found on Metro’s website:
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