The solution was proposed in 1955. This was to
be the Inner Ring Road. A 24ft wide dual carriageway carving its way through
Leeds, making an arc around the
city centre. The new road would be sunken 30ft bellow ground level and pass
within just 130m of the Briggate junction. Able to carry high volumes of
traffic this would free up the city centre for local traffic and
Vertical retainer walls made with
concrete would flank the carriageway supporting existing buildings on either
side of the cut.
The project would take a further 9
years of planning before construction started. In 1963 the government
upgraded the scheme to motorway. However it was too late to make any major
changes to the plans as construction had already been scheduled to start
within a year.
The Leeds Inner Ring Road was
originally planned to be a normal dual carriageway. However when the
government decided to upgrade the road to motorway it was too late to make
any major changes to the design.