The dismantling of the Gelderd Road footbridge over the Armley Gyratory is set to commence early in the upcoming year. This marks the second of three footbridges encircling the Gyratory that will be substituted with new ones featuring more accessible footpaths.

The Gelderd Road footbridge, a single-span structure with a 24.9-metre beam and a weight of approximately 75 tonnes, will be disassembled using one of the world’s most powerful all-terrain cranes and a self-propelled modular transporter vehicle.

Leeds City Council is undertaking a local initiative by aiming to remove and replace an existing footbridge over a single weekend from January 12 to January 15, 2024.

Constructed in the early 1970s, the footbridge, along with Spence Lane, will be replaced by a new structure incorporating accessible ramps to better cater to the needs of non-motorised users and individuals with disabilities. The upgraded footbridges are designed to require less maintenance and inspection over the coming decades.

To facilitate the Gelderd Road bridge work, motorists are advised of a partial closure during the weekend, starting from 8 pm on Friday, January 12, until 5:30 am on Monday, January 15. The Armley Gyratory approach to A58 Wellington Road southeast exit and Ingram Distributor southbound will be closed during these hours, reopening outside of this timeframe.

Additional information about the works and potential future partial weekend closures for Spence Lane can be found on the project website www.leeds.gov.uk/ArmleyGyratory.

For pedestrians using the Armley Gyratory footway, a diversion will be in place until spring 2024 while construction of the new bridges is underway.

The work schedule and activities are contingent on weather conditions, which may result in changes or delays.

The completion of phase one works for Armley Gyratory highways has already been accomplished. The improvements aim to enhance capacity on the Leeds inner ring road and M621 while reducing through-traffic in the city centre following the closure of City Square last year.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said; “The next phases of bridges work represent transformative changes to the overhead footways for people walking and wheeling – making it easier to get across the gyratory, either going or away from the city centre. The works are also a bridge engineering challenge, as well as programme challenge to carry out, with the least disruption as possible. I’m excited to see that we are looking to remove and replace Gelderd Bridge over one weekend, which would be an amazing achievement by the project team and contractors.

“Please plan ahead for the weekend of 12 January 2024 and follow the road diversions in place. We thank everyone for their ongoing patience while we continue to work hard to minimise disruption and thank those who have already changed the way they travel into and around the city centre.

“I look forward to seeing these new footway structures built and open by the summer next year.”

Details regarding diversion plans for motorists and footway users can be found by searching ‘Plan ahead Leeds’ or visiting www.Leeds.gov.uk/ArmleyGyratory.