In May 2005, a confidential internal council report on Leeds traffic problems acknowledged that the A65 and the A660 are the most congested routes in Leeds. These radial roads are operating at maximum capacity for long periods each day, and the only way to move more vehicles is to extend the morning and evening peaks. The position is expected to deteriorate further with the redevelopment of the Kirkstall Forge, ARLA Foods and Yorkshire Chemicals sites, and the expansion of Leeds & Bradford international airport.
After a long struggle, which included formal complaints to the Information Commissioner, the council finally released this secret report. You can download copies here and judge for yourself why the Tory / Lib Dem / Green administration wanted to keep them secret.
|A65 report||158KB||main report text and tables 13 May 2005|
|Figure 01||432KB||am traffic speeds|
|Figure 02||430KB||pm traffic speeds|
|Figure 03||1729KB||central area cordon|
|Figure 04||2149KB||am peak traffic vols|
|Figure 05||2151KB||pm peak traffic vols|
|Figure 06||1642KB||lengths and sites for concern|
|Figure 07||2398KB||development proposals & highway improvements|
|Figure 08||933KB||origin - destination data|
|Figure 09||1154KB||accessibility zones|
|Figure 10||697KB||effect of High Royds|
|Figure 11||700KB||effect of Kirkstall Forge|
|Figure 12||1513KB||cumulative effect|
All 12 figures are detailed PDF files which are intended for printing at A3 size.
The report's seven principal conclusions are reproduced below:
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