I have received the message below from the Traffic Manager at Leeds City Council:
“You may be aware that we have been experiencing some disruption to traffic today on the Inner Ring Road in Leeds at the Armley Gyratory. The disruption is being caused by some urgent gas repair works. We have discussed these works in detail with Northern Gas to try and keep the disruption to a minimum, however the capacity of the southbound Inner Ring Road has been reduced by 50%.
We have been advised that the works are urgent and cannot be avoided. The leaking gas main is located at a difficult location and is serving a large number of houses and businesses. The main is located below a 2metre depth, meaning the excavation cannot be undertaken solely at nights and reopened to traffic during the day. We appreciate works of this kind will cause disruption but we would like to reassure you that we are monitoring the works closely to ensure that they are completed as soon as possible. Unfortunately at this stage I cannot provide an end date for the works but Northern Gas Networks anticipate that it could be up to 7 days.
My colleagues in Urban Traffic Control are controlling the traffic signals across the rest of the road network in the city centre, to try and keep the alternative routes as free flowing as possible.
I apologise for the inconvenience that these works have caused.”