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February
2013
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Europe/London

Inner Ring Road bridge re-opens early




Access to Leeds city centre and Little London will again be much smoother thanks to the reopening of the Lovell Park Road bridge next week.



Essential repair work to a bridge that carries Lovell Park Road over the A58(M) Inner Ring Road will be completed in the next few days allowing the road to re-open to two-way traffic earlier than originally planned.



The bridge was built during the construction of the Inner Ring Road in the late 1960s and a number of the bridge beams have deteriorated to a poor condition. These beams have been replaced and the bridge deck waterproofed and re-surfaced.



During the work, the bridge had to be closed to vehicles, restricting access to and from the city centre and to the Little London area to the north.



Pupils from Little London Community Primary School have been invited to formally open the new bridge on Monday 4th March as their community has been affected by the bridge closure. The children will also be the first people allowed to use the new bridge.



Media opportunity

When: Monday 4 March at 10am

Where: Lovell Park Bridge, Lovell Park Road, Leeds

Pupils aged from 6 to 10 from Little London primary school will be joined by Cllr Richard Lewis to ‘cut the ribbon’ to open the new Lovell Park Bridge.





Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and the economy, said:

“It is great news that this essential repair work has been completed ahead of schedule and that this important link in the city’s road network can be re-opened to traffic.



“We recognise that the temporary road closure has inconvenienced the local community and the public travelling to and from the city centre but carrying out this work now has ensured that this vital route can be maintained for many years to come.”



The road is re-opening prior to this summer’s unveiling of the new Leeds Arena on the adjacent site.



The bridgeworks to Lovell Park Bridge have been carried out as part of a major £25 million programme to restore three major structures on Leeds Inner Ring Road. Work to the first of the structures, New York road Viaduct, was completed in 2012 and work on the final phase of the programme, Woodhouse Tunnel, will begin this summer.



ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk