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07/05/21 | Regent Street flyover update | For the past 11 months, work has progressed at pace to demolish and rebuild the southern bridge section of Regent Street Flyover and the project is now entering the next phase where the northern bridge will be taken down and rebuilt.

Construction started in summer last year on the bridge which carries traffic over the A61 Regent Street.

A contraflow has been in place for the duration of the work with traffic flowing in both directions on the eastbound carriageway of the A64(M). With the transition to the next phase, the two-way flow of traffic will be moved to the westbound carriageway and on to the newly constructed southern bridge, with the eastbound carriageway closing to all traffic from North Street to Burmantofts Street.

The A61 Regent Street, A64 and A64(M) Inner Ring Road will be closed from Friday 8PM to Monday 5.30AM for four consecutive weekends for the demolition of the northern bridge.

The dates are:

  • 14 May (for the full weekend and reopening on Monday morning)
  • 21 May (for the full weekend and reopening on Monday morning)
  • 28 May (for the full weekend and reopening on Monday morning)
  • 4 June (for the full weekend and reopening on Monday morning)

The A64(M) westbound off-slips to the A61 Eastgate/Leeds Playhouse and North Street are expected to reopen by the end of May.

Diversions will be signposted. Plans and further information can be found at www.bit.ly/RegentStreetFlyover

The work is set to be fully complete by spring 2022.

Leeds City Council's chief officer for highways and transportation, Gary Bartlett said:

“This past year has been challenging but I’m pleased to see that the programme is on schedule and we are now progressing to the next phase of this major project.

“We are in close conversation with businesses in the area to mitigate the impact of these road closures and our contractors have worked to rejig the programme slightly so the diversions are in place for as little time as possible.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work but it is essential to maintain this key piece of infrastructure on the city’s road network.”



A man has spoken of his joy after a five-year-old boy found his gold wedding ring just in time for his 30th wedding anniversary - five months after it was lost.

Rupert Denby, 58, said it was 'wonderful' to get his ring back when it slipped off as he helped put up a Christmas tree in his local village in December last year.

He said he had attempted to look for the ring with family and friends but sadly lost all hope of ever getting it back.

However, little Bertie Lawson became their unlikely hero after he spotted the priceless item while using his metal detector nearly half a year later.

He was scanning outside the Old Girls School Community Centre in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorks., on April 13 looking for gold when he made the fabulous find.

The boy gave the ring to the police who returned it to Rupert just three days later as they were aware of his missing ring due to an appeal when it was first lost.

Rupert rewarded Bertie with a hamper full of chocolates along with a note thanking him for being 'honest and kind.'

Rupert, who works at British Gypsum in Sherburn, said: “We were just shocked, really shocked at first. It was completely out of the blue.

“We had just come to terms with the idea that it was lost.

“Then we were absolutely ecstatic when it was found.

“It was a bit of a low time for us because it was Christmas, but so many of our friends and family were so supportive and went looking for it.

“We accepted that it had gone.

“Getting the ring back just in time for our 30th anniversary is just wonderful, I can’t put it into words.”

The dad-of-three met Bertie on Friday (April 23) and said the little lad was a ‘dream’ who would ‘go far in life’.

He said: “The little lad was over the moon to have found it for me.

"He will go far in life. He is honest and is a credit to his parents."

Grandmother-of-three Terri said they couldn't believe the young boy had found the ring.

The healthcare assistant said: "He lost it while he was helping put the Christmas tree up at the beginning of December.

"He realised he had lost it when he got home. It was quite upsetting.

"A lot of people had been out looking for it. We had written it off so, when we got the phone call to say it had been found it was absolutely amazing.

"I couldn't believe this little lad had found it.

"God bless him, at five, to hand it in and get it back to its owner. It shows he is kind with a big heart.”

She added: “The ring was invaluable. I was dreading buying another. It was expensive but it’s irrelevant, I was upset because it was irreplaceable.”

Bertie's dad Kirk, 40, said his young lad had asked for a metal detector for Christmas after seeing detectorists in and around the village.

Before he went looking for hidden treasures, Kirk said he made sure to get permission from the landowner before allowing Bertie to use his new metal detector.

Kirk said: "Everyone wants to find a bit of something gold.

"He was chuffed to bits to find a big sparkly gold ring."

(SWNS | Joe Pagnelli)

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