Leeds City Council has issued a warning to motorists who regularly use Victoria Bridge, advising them to plan their journeys ahead due to off-peak closures of the inbound lane scheduled from Sunday 4 February to Tuesday 6 February.

Victoria Bridge, situated near Bridgewater Place, serves as a key route for motorists coming from Junction 3 of the M621 to access the city centre.

The closure of the inbound lane is deemed necessary to ensure the safety of workers involved in ongoing activities along Sovereign Street and Neville Street.

The closure schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday 4 February: 7 am to 7 pm
  • Monday 5 February: 9 am to 3 pm
  • Tuesday 6 February: 9 am to 3 pm

During these hours, a diversionary route will guide motorists through Great Wilson Street, left onto Crown Point Road, over Crown Point Bridge, left onto East Street, along to Kirkgate, left along High Court, onto The Calls, following on to Call Lane, and then Swinegate.

From Swinegate, motorists have two options:

  1. Travel onto Bishopgate Street, turning right to access Boar Lane, Lower Basinghall Street, and Mill Hill.
  2. Travel from Swinegate onto Bishopgate Street, turning left to drive along Neville Street, heading out of the city centre towards the outbound lane of Victoria Bridge.

All motorists leaving this area of the city centre are required to travel onto Bishopgate Street (either via Mill Hill or Swinegate) and then along Neville Street out of the city centre towards the outbound lane of Victoria Bridge.

This route can also be used to return towards Junction 3 of the M621 and exit the city.

Access to Water Lane inbound via Victoria Road will be maintained as usual.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said: “Closing the inbound lane of Victoria Bridge is unavoidable and essential to ensure the safety of colleagues working on site, but we recognise that some disruption is inevitable and have timed the closure to reduce its impact on motorists and the road network.

“We would encourage motorists who typically travel along this route into the city centre to take notice of the diversion and plan their journeys in advance. This could include allowing extra time, travelling at a different time of day, or considering an alternative method of travel.”