|From:||New Pudsey (SE210345)|
|Via:||Northern outskirts of Leeds|
|Distance:||14.6 miles (23.5 km)|
|Meets:||A647, A657, A65, A660, A61, A58, A64, M1, A63|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6120 forms the northern side of the Leeds Outer Ring Road. It is a notoriously busy road which has not seen much improvement since the 1960s. Leeds City Council carried out a consultation on a range of plans to alter with this route in about 2004, but the current status of those proposals is unknown.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A647 just to the north of New Pudsey station. The road begins as an S2 road heading northeast through open country, although the outskirts of Leeds are visible to the right. The road descends gently to cross the A657 at a roundabout then goes over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, the River Aire and the Airedale Line in quick succession. Shortly afterwards another roundabout is met where the A65 is crossed.
The road now heads eastwards and becomes more winding and more built-up - there are now buildings fronting onto the A6120. We pass to the south of Horsforth, then a brief rural section takes us under the Harrogate Line. Shortly afterwards the road becomes dual (but still residential). The A660 is crossed at a roundabout and the road continues east through the northern suburbs with occasional rural sections; this section of the road runs between suburbs rather than through them.
The A61 is crossed at a roundabout after which the road becomes S2 once more. It enters open country as it bears gently round to the right. We climb to a summit before dropping down again to enter the suburb of Monkswood where we cross the A58 at a roundabout. At the following roundabout we meet the A64 and then the A6120 is the dominant number in a short D2 multiplex where the houses are all accessed via service roads.
We lose the A64 (and the service roads) at the next roundabout but remain D2 as we head south through Cross Gates. We soon pass the suburb's station as we cross the line from Leeds to York, then bear left as we become S2 once more. At the next roundabout we meet the B6159 (former A63) and the central reservation comes back. The road goes through Austhorpe to the next roundabout which accesses a retail park; there's a hamburger-like lane through the roundabout allowing eastbound A6120 traffic to access the park but all other movements have to use the roundabout. The road ends a short distance further on at M1 J46, from where the A63 continues ahead.