|From: || Headingley (SE278365) |
|To: || Austhorpe (SE368336) |
|Distance: || 6.8 miles (10.9 km)|
|Meets: || B6157, A61, A58, A64, A6120 |
|Former Number(s): || A63|
|Route outline (key)|
||Headingley - Osmondthorpe
||Osmondthorpe - Killingbeck
||Killingbeck - Austhorpe
The B6159 is an urban B-road in Leeds.
The road starts on the B6157 in Headingley, where that road TOTSOs left just to the east of its junction with the A660. The B6159 continues east along Grove Lane (signposted York) before having to TOTSO right itself at traffic lights. The road then continues east through Mile Hill to reach a roundabout on the A61. It continues east through the suburbs to a set of traffic lights where it TOTSOs right again before bearing left at the next set of lights. This zigzag is actually on the original line of the A61; indeed, this was the western end of the B6159 in 1922 and the road was not extended west for many years.
The B6159 continues southeast through Potternewton and Harehills before reaching traffic lights on the A64 on the edge of Osmondthorpe. This was the original eastern end of the road. Traffic here may only turn left onto the A64; there is a gap in the central reservation to permit the corresponding movement from the westbound A64.
Since 2008 the B6159 has multiplexed east along the A64 for a short distance to take over the original line of the A63, as that road has been rerouted to the south to reach the M1 at junction 45.
A big mid-1990s revamped set of traffic lights (replacing a mini-roundabout!) marks the beginning of the former A63, as 25 yards of dual carriageway. Complicating the situation is a railway bridge with more traffic lights only allowing one direction of traffic through at once. On the other side we regain the dual carriageway and go up Halton Hill, now with a guided bus lane up most of the central reservation. At he top of the hill we veer off left and pass through Halton itself, past shops that open optimistically and then return to being boarded up again very quickly (for some reason this shopping centre can't get on its feet). We pass close to the home of DJ Chris Moyles, and past his school gates at Temple Moor High School, then along one of those ultra-wide 1930s suburban arterials which oddly has a single white line down the middle as far as the (huge) Brown Cow pub. After a while longer we hit a roundabout on the A6120, where the B6159 now ends. The A63 continued to the right.