The position has deteriorated since the opening of the Metric Centre on Bridge Road, which has yet to trade at full capacity. The situation varies from day to day, but long, slow moving traffic queues develop on all approach roads at peak times. Pedestrian crossings, cycling and public transport facilities are inadequate, and there are many conflicts between different traffic streams.

No provision has been made at the main gyratory for the additional road traffic expected from Kirkstall Forge, of from new retail development on the former Tesco site. There is little room for road alterations and no provision in the highways budget. Council officers have opposed new pedestrian crossings on Wyther Lane, claiming adverse effects on car capacity, but have continued to approve new retail planning applications regardless of the long term consequences.

The board seeks your approval to commission our own independent highways advice.