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Jobs hope as city link road opens

Aerial picture of motorway junction and adjacent land
The road links development land with the M1

A new 32.5m road linking Leeds city centre to the M1 has opened, paving the way for a huge business development which could create 27,000 jobs.

The road links the so-far unused junction 45 of the M1 at the back of the Temple Newsam estate with the Aire Valley and inner ring road.

It is surrounded by a 400-hectare (988- acre) area of brownfield land.

The city council said the land was now "one of the most significant investment opportunities in northern England".

Council leader Andrew Carter said the development of the land could create up to 27,000 jobs over the next 15 to 20 years.

Mr Carter said: "This road scheme has always been a high priority for Leeds and it is fantastic to see its completion.

"It is the final piece in the city's strategic highway network and brings a huge boost to businesses and residents in the south-east of the city and helps release the massive potential of the Aire Valley for redevelopment."

Work on the 2.4m (3.9km) dual carriageway has seen the construction of a new bridge over the Hunslet Branch railway line.

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