Leeds city centre 'at a standstill' after traffic light stuck on red causes gridlock and severe bus delays

Traffic in Leeds city centre is gridlocked with buses faces delays due to a traffic light being stuck on red.

By Rebecca Marano
Wednesday, 29th December 2021, 4:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th December 2021, 5:25 pm

The light, on New York Street, is not changing meaning buses are unable to run to schedule and diversions have been put inplace.

Arriva Yorkshire, which runs buses across Leeds and neighbouring towns and cities, said it is severely delayed.

The bus operator said: "All services in and out of Leeds - Leeds City Centre gridlocked due to temporary lights on New York Street stuck on red.

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"We currently have buses stuck on Boar Lane which should be in Wakefield.

"Services diverted to miss the worst congestion."

It then added: "444/446 due to temp lights at New York St faulty unable to serve Boar Lane and Bus Station stops. Divert from City Square via Boar Lane, Mill Hill, Dark Arches to Crown Point back on route, in to Leeds via reverse. Sorry for the obvious inconvenience".

First Bus added: "Due to a pedestrian light on York Street stuck on red we are currently experiencing delays to our Leeds Services."

Traffic in Leeds city centre is gridlocked with buses faces delays due to a traffic light being stuck on red.

People took to social media to alert people to the problem, saying the city centre is at a "standstill".

People said they had been sat on the bus not moving for more than 20 minutes, while another woman added that she had travbelled three stops in 30 minutes.

Update: Arriva Yorkshire issued an update at about 5.05pm.

It said: "117/118/444/446 back to normal running in and out of Leeds City Centre.

"Earlier issues involving the faulty temporary traffic lights on New York Street have now been resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience this will have caused"