YEP Says (Feb 5): Road is a win-win success for Leeds

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IT IS significant that insurance giant Legal & General is to help fund the £116m East Leeds Orbital Road.

The firm clearly has faith in the region’s future. Despite the lingering uncertainty over devolution, it has a 50 per cent stake in the Thorpe Park devolpment and L&G clearly believes that it can can accrue a sufficient return on its investment from the new homes and businesses that will be built once this road is open. Unlike those flawed PFI deals, this appears to be a ‘win, win’ deal for Leeds and taxpayers if it is given the green light. And that can only benefit the wider Yorkshire because of the strategic importance of this site.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988