Works to start on A639 to prevent future landslips

A ten week project to prevent landslips along the A639 in Stourton is starting next week.

Following a major landslip in 2007, Leeds City Council has been working to determine the cause, and subsequently design a suitable and safe long term solution to the subsidence along the A639, close to Valley Park Roundabout in Stourton.

The works will start on Tuesday 27 August, with work continuing on site for approximately 10 weeks.

To make the site safer, works will include adding a new drain to the carriageway, creating approximately 50m of green-slope retaining wall, and the full reconstruction of the nearside carriageway lane, adjacent to the new retaining structure. In addition to this, new lengths of safety barrier and landscaping & planting will complete scheme.

For the next two weeks, the drainage works will be completed under a contra-flow traffic management system with a heavy goods vehicle diversion in place. The land stabilisation works will then immediately follow under a single-lane closure, much like the existing traffic management in place.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“It is important that the council put in place measures to ensure the safety of motorists from future landslips in this area.

“After careful monitoring and investigation to ensure the ground has stabilised and movement has ceased, we have been able to progress designs, and are now at point where we can implement these.

“There may be some disruption to motorists over this ten week period, but I would ask people to be patient with us whilst this necessary work takes place.”

The final work, to provide a new carriageway surface and road markings, will take place at the end of the ten week period, and will be carried out under two localised night-time closures of the A639.


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk