An ambitious plan to pedestrianise key routes in the city centre – and thereby help transform Leeds into a “world class gateway” – cannot be realised without a compete overhaul of the inner ring road, it has been suggested.
The A58 – which is 50 years old – carries 75,000 cars every day and is the major urban route on the city’s network.
However in recent years, attention has been drawn to some of its deteriorating tunnels and bridges.
Major works at the Woodhouse Tunnel remain ongoing.
City bosses – who are drawing together a strategy to transform the city’s roads network and public realms – have admitted that high level talks are being had about the future of the route.
Richard Lewis, the council’s regeneration, transport and planning boss, said: “We do have to think about ‘does it continue to serve the purpose?’”