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Building Leeds
 The A58(M) / A64(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road    

Part 2: Planning And Design

   

 

   
 

 
 

 

   
   

Leeds before construction started

 
Year: 1955. The Solution      

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 pedestrians. 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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