Balfour Beatty secures contract for East Leeds Orbital Road


Balfour Beatty has won a contract from the Leeds City Council for the first two phases of the East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR).

The initial works are part of the wider East Leeds Extension (ELE) programme, the largest road scheme in the city since the 1970s, which includes development of land at Thorpe Park and Manston Lane Link Road.

The ELE is a large area of undeveloped land extending over 250 hectares around the edge of Swarcliffe, Whinmoor and Crossgates.

The first two phases of ELOR will include improvements to existing Outer Ring Road junctions, as well as developing the design for the main ELOR, which will be constructed around the eastern edge of the housing allocation. It will link the existing 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.

The ELOR, a 7.5km dual carriageway, will provide 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 initial works are planned to start in summer 2018 and continue for 15 months. Construction of the main ELOR will commence in late 2019, subject to statutory approvals and land acquisition.

Undeveloped land will be earmarked for the development of around 5,000 new homes, community facilities, new schools and local retail outlets as part of the ELE.

Under the plan, 2,000 new homes are planned to be constructed in the Northern Quadrant, between the A58 Wetherby Road and A64 York Road.

Additional office, shopping and leisure uses, along with 300 new homes, will be provided as part of the next stage of the Thorpe Park development. A site is also being developed at Whinmoor Grange to relocate the horticultural nursery from Red Hall so that this site can be made available for future redevelopment.

The Leeds City Council awarded the contract after taking contingency measures to deal with the risk of the original preferred supplier, Carillion, being unable to deliver the work.

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