Watch: Heat-damaged Leeds Stanningley bypass causes chaos for drivers

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A Leeds driver has filmed the moment unsuspecting motorists hit a bump that appeared on the Stanningley bypass after extreme heat ruptured the road surface.

Adrian Wood, from Armley, was heading towards Leeds when he encountered the unexpected obstruction near the Bramley turn-off.

He claims to have seen several cars lose control after hitting the raised ridge at speeds of 60mph.

“I managed to slow down to 40mph before hitting it but my car still bottomed out on all four corners. A couple of hours later there were numerous crashes caused by the bump. The bump had been spray painted but it is not easily visible

and there were no signs to warn of the danger ahead. The fact that somebody came out, looked at it, half-heartedly spray painted it and then left is beyond belief. It is the busiest commuter route between Leeds and Bradford.

“It has been in awful condition for months. I had noticed the car in the inside lane braking and I also braked hard. The camera doesn’t do it justice in terms of reducing speed, the violence of the impact or the unsettling of the car.”

However, Leeds City Council admitted that the road surface began to degenerate in temperatures of over 30 degrees at the weekend. Highways officers have now imposed a 40mph speed limit on the section after the Bestways slip road.

A spokesman said: “A number of complaints regarding the uneven road surface on Stanningley bypass have been received in the last 24 hours. In response a temporary 40mph speed limit has been introduced on the affected stretch of

carriageway and signs have been put out as a precaution to warn road users of the uneven surface.

“We are arranging for our contractor to carry out temporary repairs which will have to be carried out at night due to traffic volumes. In the meantime motorists are advised to take extra care on this route and observe the temporary

speed limit.

“The bypass is a concrete road with a tarmacked surfacing. The very high temperatures at the weekend appear to have caused the underlying concrete slabs to expand and buckle at the joints, creating sharp bumps in the road. While a

temporary repair to the surface tarmac can be realised relatively quickly a longer term solution to repair the concrete base may also be required and options to achieve this will be investigated.”

The council also confirmed that the bump was originally spray painted to draw the repair team’s attention to it, rather than as a warning to the public.

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