Kirkstall: Traffic congestion warning as roadworks loom on A65 Abbey Road


Short-term traffic congestion can be expected on the A65 Abbey Road next to Kirkstall Forge while road improvement work takes place.

The works include the reconstruction of a retaining wall and are due to start on August 10 for about 10 weeks.

Traffic management will be in place 24 hours a day for the full duration of the work.

  • There will be no major road diversions as a contraflow system will be in place.
  • The westbound carriageway will be closed to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians with all traffic heading away from Leeds diverted to the eastbound lane.
  • Traffic heading in to Leeds (eastbound) will use the bus lane which will be suspended.
  • A temporary 30mph speed limit will be in force where the works are taking place.
  • The footway on the south side of the road will also be closed but a crossing will be provided to allow pedestrians to cross and pass the works with minimal disruption.
Cllr Richard Lewis
Cllr Richard Lewis

Cllr Richard Lewis (Lab, Pudsey), who is Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“Of course roadworks can be frustrating, but this will hopefully improve the road in the long run, especially as Kirkstall Forge and the railway station take shape.

“We ask road users and pedestrians in the area to bear with us while work takes place and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused. We aim to get the work done as quickly as possible and produce minimal disruption.”


  1. So, in Council speak, is 8 months now considered ‘short term”? For regular residents and commuters, and others who, unlike our Council, prefer plain English to hyperbole, 8 months will be a very long time.


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