Shoppers and commuters have lambasted ‘chaotic’ traffic congestion as work to remove a footbridge at Armley Gyratory continues today.
An 18-mile-long diversion has been in place since Friday and will continue until 5.30am on Monday, January 15, while work takes place to remove the Gelderd Road footbridge over Armley Gyratory.
But the works have seen traffic grind to a standstill, with roads leading into the city centre from the west – including Tong Road, A647 Armley Road and Kirkstall Road -all experiencing increased traffic congestion.
The second of three footbridges around the Gyratory will be replaced with new, more accessible footbridge.
Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure said they are hoping to “remove and replace Gelderd bridge over one weekend with the least disruption possible.”
But the work has been met with anger from people attempting to get into the city centre from West Leeds who have been faced with long delays.
One person tweeted: “@Leeds_City_Ctr i would like to vote #Leeds the worst UK city. It has been destroyed by roadworks and so-called improvements. Standstill traffic today and took nearly 90 minutes to get 1 mile so I could leave. Whole council needs firing.”
Another added: “It took me and the missus the best part of an hour to get from the Gyratory where TGI is to the other side of the roundabout under the flyover.”
“Yesterday it took us an hour to get from Tint on North Street to the Novotel on Whitehall Road. In hindsight I’d have walked but had already arranged to be picked up,” another resident tweeted to WLD. “The roadworks on the outskirts of town are causing chaos.”
“Ridiculous in town today, taken me two and half hours from Farnley to the city centre – wish I’d never bothered to go in,” added another.
Gelderd Road footbridge is a single-span footbridge with a 24.9 metre beam and weighing around 75 tonnes. It is being removed by one of the world’s most powerful all-terrain cranes and self-propelled modular transporter vehicle.
The works are part of a wider scheme to improve traffic flow and relieve congestion at Armley Gyratory.