Motorists in Leeds are advised to plan ahead as the Armley Gyratory southbound A643 will undergo three nights of closures, starting from April 2nd and concluding on April 10th.

Leeds City Council, following the successful replacement of the Gelderd Road footbridge in January, will be conducting these final works during the Easter school holidays. Safe access to the site is required for the completion of these essential works.

A primary objective of the Armley Gyratory scheme is to enhance pedestrian and cyclist facilities while improving accessibility. This includes replacing the existing footbridges over Gelderd Road and Spence Lane.

The new footbridges feature accessible ramps, catering to the needs of non-motorised users and individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, they are designed to minimize maintenance and inspection requirements over the coming decades.

These works have been meticulously planned and coordinated, particularly in conjunction with National Highways works on the M621 scheme.

Diversions will be in place to accommodate the closures. For the Gelderd Road bridge work, motorists can expect a two-night closure from 8 pm to 5:30 am on April 2nd and 3rd, along with an additional night closure on April 10th. During these times, the Armley Gyratory approach to the A58 Wellington Road southeast exit and Ingram Distributor A643 southbound will be closed, reopening outside of these hours. The designated diversion route spans 5.5 miles.

For pedestrians and wheelchair users navigating the Armley Gyratory footway, a diversion will be in place until summer 2024, coinciding with the construction of the new bridges.

It’s important to note that the work schedule is subject to weather conditions, which may lead to changes or delays.

The current phase two Armley structure programme outlines the timeline for various bridge constructions and removals. These include the completion of Spence Bridge in the summer of 2024, Gelderd Bridge in the spring of 2024, and Wellington Road Bridge, with removal scheduled for the summer of 2024 followed by construction over autumn/winter 2024/25, pending final design and approvals.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said; “It was fantastic that we replaced Gelderd Road footbridge in a single weekend in January and amazing achievement by the project team and contractors. Carrying out these final touches needs access to the underside of the bridge and requires road closures to undertake the work safely.

“Please plan ahead after the Easter weekend on the nights of the 2, 3 and 10 April and follow the short 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.

“These 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 a programme challenge to carry out, with the least disruption possible.

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