Balfour Beatty Takes On Leeds Ring Road Contract
The East Leeds Orbital Road (ELOR) project was originally awarded to Carillon by Leeds City Council, but with the construction giant’s collapse, the project has been in a state of limbo while a new contractor was identified.
Balfour Beatty has now been named as the new contractor chosen by the city council to take on the £87 million project.
This is the largest road scheme to be constructed in the city since the 1970s, and is a vital part of other development around the Thorpe Park area, as well as the Manston Lane Link Road. It’s all part of the wider East Leeds Extension (ELE) project.
Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning Richard Lewis explained that the scheme is essential for the city because it will improve journey times, as well as boosting safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
He added: “ELE and ELOR will also see extra jobs, homes and transport improvements – significant opportunities as ELE and the new orbital road play their part in Leeds’ continued economic growth and success.”
The first phases of the ELOR project are set to begin in the summer of this year, starting with improvement works on a number of existing Outer Ring Road junctions, while developing the final design for ELOR. Construction on the main ELOR is expected to begin in late 2019.
Earlier this year, construction works began on the new Skelton Lake services on the M1, with this service station set to be the gateway to the Leeds Enterprise Zone.
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