Congestion expected as roadworks begin on Leeds A65

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Roadworks are set to start next month on the A65 Abbey Road next to Kirkstall Forge.

Council bosses have warned motorists to expect short-term congestion when work begins on August 10 to reconstruct a retaining wall.

It is due to last approximately 10 weeks and traffic management will be in place for 24 hours a day during the work.

A contraflow system will be in place, with the westbound carriageway - traffic heading away from Leeds - diverted into the eastbound lane.

Traffic heading eastbound will use the bus lane, which will be suspended. Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Of course roadworks can be frustrating, but this will hopefully improve the road in the long run, especially as Kirkstall Forge and the railway station take shape.

“We ask road users and pedestrians in the area to bear with us while work takes place and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.

“We aim to get the work done as quickly as possible and produce minimal disruption.”

A temporary speed limit of 30mph will be in force where the works are taking place. The footway on the south side of the road will be closed but a pedestrian crossing will be provided.