Drivers saved from Leeds traffic jams

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Road works have been dramatically reduced throughout the Leeds district after a permit scheme has been hailed an overwhelming success.

Over 13,000 days of road works on the city’s most heavily used highways have been avoided in the first year of operation.

Companies planning to work on congested roads or bus routes must now apply for a permit in advance, if they fail to do so they will face a fine.

CounRichard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for highways, said: “Road works are necessary to provide essential services and well maintained roads, but we are pleased to see the management of them come more into our control. It is making life easier for all involved and we will continue to improve as we move forward.”

During 12 months reporting period 6279 works were undertaken on the permit street network compared with 7615 works over the equivalent period before the scheme was introduced. Information about road works in Leeds can be found at