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5:37 PM 13th May 2024

Plan Ahead: Reminder From Monday 13 May Partial Night-Time Closures Around The Armley Gyratory For Construction Of New Spence Lane Footbridge

The Armley Gyratory scheme continues to make good progress with the carriageway works largely complete and the new Gelderd Bridge in place last month. Starting on Monday 13 May, sees the next phase with the installation of the new Spence Lane footbridge over the Armley Gyratory and works planned to end by 11am Sunday 19 May. It will be the second of three footbridges completed around the Gyratory with new wider and more accessible footways.

Spence Lane footbridge spans 32.9 metres long, four metres wide and weighs 39.5 tonnes. It will cross over the A643 and join either side by two new accessible ramps to better meet the needs of non-motorised users and people with disabilities. All the new upgraded footbridges are designed to ensure they will need less maintenance work and inspection, over future decades.

The transport of the new ramps weighing 75.9 tonnes, crane lift and complex bridge engineering means the ramps are delivered in sections and joined together on site. To reduce the amount of disruption to traffic it’s undertaken at night from 13 - 18 May. There will be road and partial lane closures with signed diversions in place. During Saturday night on 18 May the main span will be transported to the Armley Gyratory under police escort from junction 2 of the M621.

To keep disruption to a minimum, our programme takes account of other roadworks and events happening across the city, especially sporting events and will adjust our plans accordingly.

Changes due to Leeds United play-off match 16 May

Due to the forthcoming Leeds United match on Thursday 16 May, the council has worked with suppliers, contractors and partners to adjust the previous published schedule. There will be a delayed start of works from 11pm until after the match ends. The works on Sunday are intended to finish in good time for the international T20 England versus Pakistan match, subject to weather and any unforeseen circumstances.

Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May

To allow for Spence Lane work, motorists are advised there will be five night-time closures, from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May as below:

Monday 8pm – 530am
Tuesday 8pm – 530am
Wednesday 8pm – 630am
Thursday 11pm – 630am
Friday 7pm – 630am

The A643 northbound carriageway is closed from junction 2 (M621) to the Gyratory. The full closure allows for police escort requirement for delivery of any ramp sections. There is a diversion of five miles.

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May

The Spence Lane main span works will take place on Saturday 18 May over one night from 7pm to 11am Sunday 19 May. The crane is placed on the A643 northbound carriageway. Traffic will be running in lane 4 of the gyratory during this operation.

The A643 northbound carriageway will be closed. The Gyratory exit to Wellington South will also be closed. Traffic will be running in one lane around the gyratory to allow for sufficient working space. The A643 northbound carriageway is closed at the Wortley Lane junction, with access provided for traffic to Wortley Lane northbound only from Junction 2 (M621). There is a signed diversion of 13 miles in place to accommodate all classes of vehicles.

Due to the length of the main span, the delivery of this will be via M621 junction 2. The load will travel north along the A643 northbound carriageway before crossing onto the A643 southbound carriageway. The transport will continue north on the A643 southbound carriageway (against the flow of traffic) until it reaches the Gyratory. This movement will be fully controlled by the police and the timing is between 8.30pm – 9.45pm.

Pedestrian Diversion Main Span Installation

Further details about the works are on the project website here
For the Armley Gyratory footway for people walking or wheeling, there will be a diversion in place until summer 2024, while works take place on constructing the new bridges.

The work schedule and activity are weather dependent which could change or delay work taking place.

The current phase two Armley structure programme:

Spence Bridge (2a) Summer 2024 bridge construction completion.
Gelderd Bridge (2a) Spring 2024 bridge construction completion.
Wellington Road Bridge (2b) summer 2024 removal of existing bridge and construction over autumn/winter 2024/25 (pending final design/approvals).

Previous removal of Spence Lane Bridge on 30 September 2023.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said:
“We are making significant progress around the Armley Gyratory footbridges. After we completed the Gelderd Road footbridge last month, I am pleased to see we’re completing Spence Lane footbridge. These are new transformative structures and necessitate careful planning with other works and events across our busy city. We’ve had to adjust our schedule to accommodate the Leeds United match on Thursday 16 May, delaying the start of works until 11pm but also making sure we finish in good time for the Women’s International T20 England v Pakistan match at Headingley on Sunday afternoon. I would like to pass on my appreciation to the project team and contractors for carrying out such complex planning and operations."