The £5 million contract to deliver phase one and two of the East Leeds Orbital Route has been awarded to Balfour Beatty by Leeds City Council. Works will include improvements to a number of existing Outer Ring Road junctions and the widening to three junctions along the A6120 Ring Road. Balfour Beatty will also be responsible for the design of the £87 million 7km East Leeds Orbital Route.
The initial highway work forms a part of the wider East Leeds Extension (ELE) programme, which on completion will be the largest road scheme in the city since the 1970s.
“We are delighted to have been awarded the initial contract to commence improvement works to the East Leeds Orbital Route,” said Thomas Edgcumbe, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for its North and Midlands regional business.
“We are looking forward to working in partnership with Leeds City Council and making a significant and sustainable contribution to the local economy and community. We have a wealth of experience in the design and delivery of highways schemes and this award is testament to the success of our work across the UK,” he continued.
With work due to commence next month, phase one and two are expected to be completed next summer. Through the project, Balfour Beatty will make a significant and sustainable contribution to the local economy, engaging with Employment Leeds to deliver employment and skills workshops for the surrounding community.
This contract award follows the robust contingency measures taken by Leeds City Council to deal with the original supplier, Carillion, being unable to deliver the work.
The East Leeds Orbital Route is being been financed through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s ‘West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund’. The Fund is part of the Leeds City Region Growth Deal, a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) that will accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.