Leeds Inner Ring Road

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Image of Leeds Inner Ring RoadIt's a very odd route that traces a smooth arc around the north of Leeds city centre. Despite other motorways in the area - what is now the M621, the South Eastern and South Western Urban Motorways, it doesn't really connect with anything. It has two numbers - A58(M) and A64(M) - and spends most of its time in a concrete trench.

It is by far the most destructive thing ever built in the centre of Leeds, but also probably one of the most important contributors to the city's commercial success - by taking traffic away from the city it allows the streets to be open, quiet and pedestrian-friendly.

This article examines the road and its history, through a photo-tour of the route with commentary. Click the sign below to begin the tour. Be warned: it's 35 pages long! You might want to make a drink before you sit down to this one...

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Start the Tour

Thanks to Leeds Central Library, who bent over backwards to pull ancient maps and booklets from their archive, and without whom none of this would have been possible. Many thanks also for the generosity of the Leodis.net Image Archive, who very kindly granted permission for the use of three photos taken during the construction of the road.

With thanks to Alex for information in this section.