Leeds nostalgia: The bridge that still looks new 50 years on...

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It’s hard to imagine that the metal footbridge over the Leeds-Bradford ring road has been in place for almost half a century but as this ‘tardis’ picture proves, it has.

The original image was taken on May 22, 1967, shortly after the bridge was put up. It was erected by Pudsey Council to enable pupils of Priesthorpe Secondary School to safely cross the ring road near the school’s entrance.

FLASHBACK: Priesthorpe Seconday School pupils use the new bridge in May 1967.

FLASHBACK: Priesthorpe Seconday School pupils use the new bridge in May 1967.

Our blended picture shows pupils from the 1960s apparently looking down at modern traffic. Today this is one of the busiest roads in Leeds and is more often than not jam packed with traffic. Although the picture caption from the original image does not say what time of day the picture was taken, it’s a safe bet that the road was, in general, much quieter back then.

Leeds was at the time forging ahead with plans to vastly extend and improve its transport links, as part of its ambition to become ‘the motorway city’, something it would achieve in 1975, when the inner ring road became operational.

The Leeds Outer Ring Road, even though it is not a proper loop, runs to something like 25m (40km) and consists of single and dual carriageways.

The old picture of the bridge conjures up the image of a simpler time - the road looks new, its surface pristine, the grass verges are well kept and there is no sign of litter, the blight of the modern day grass verge (at least in this country).

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If you recognise yourself in any of our nostalgia pictures or you attended Priesthorpe Secondary School during the 1960s or 1970s, we’d love to hear from you.

Alternatively, if you have an old picture of Leeds you would like us to use in this column, then send it to Neil Hudson, Assistant Features Editor, Yorkshire Evening Post, 26 Whitehall Road, LS12 5BE.

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