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Photos show latest progress on flood defences off Kirkstall Road

Photos: Mark Stevenson

Work is continuing on £112m works aimed at protecting the Kirkstall Valley and Leeds city centre following serious flooding along the River Aire caused by Storm Eva on Boxing Day 2015.

Work began in January 2020 and has involved building flood defence walls between Leeds city centre and along the Kirkstall Valley, with other work including the raising of footbridges, planting more trees upstream, and introducing a flood storage area near Calverley.

Photographer Mark Stevenson has captured the latest progress of the scheme around the back of the Asda on Kirkstall Road.

Environmental campaigners last month held a protest at Kirkstall Bridge against tree felling as part of ongoing work to build flood defences in the area.

More coverage of flood defences in West Leeds can be found here.

Check out the latest news from Kirkstall here.


  1. Interesting. I did hear talk that The Bridge pub at Kirkstall was going to be losing some of its land to the project. Not sure whether that is voluntary, or compulsory with some compensation. It has, of course, been well flooded itself in the recent past.

  2. Which reminds me – what’s on the latest on the damaged weir, down at Newlay, that seemed to occur further to the construction of a so-called ‘salmon run’ there? Allegedly.

  3. I would like to say thank you to all those that have been working, on the Kirkstall valley improvements, construction engineers – drivers – environmental agencies and conservationists everyone who has helped to make a difference, I have walked many miles along the pathways over 30 years, i have seen many animals and fish and birds, i have to thank all those people who pressured the council and government to get funds to be able to do all of this work. without your driving force I would loose a great grade one walk in Leeds and Kirkstall to flooding with massive damage to the bridges and surrounding fields.
    keep it up.


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