M621 team steam ahead at Middleton Railway and Adel Wood in Leeds.


12 Jul 2023

Supporting the world's oldest continuously working railway in south Leeds.

Our major project to improve the M621, junctions 1-7 in Leeds, delivered by National Highways and led by our principle contractor Keltbray, continues to make good progress in South Leeds. 

The M621 runs through residential communities and as part of a national month of volunteering in June, Keltbray supporting National Highways, alongside other contractors working on roads projects across Yorkshire including Balfour Beatty, took part in two rewarding volunteering days to support the local community. 

A team of volunteers stand in front of a sign for Middleton Railway in Leeds

The first volunteering day took place on the 21st June, at the wonderful Middleton Railway.  The railway, established in 1758, is the world’s oldest continuously working railway, making Leeds a key centre for the locomotive industry. The historic railway, just off from Junction 5 of the M621, regularly hosts visits from local students and education groups; it has a number of open days throughout the year.  The team helped restore some of the old engines and undertook maintenance work which would help keep trains running on the old lines that were historically used for transporting coal. The railway now welcomes thousands of visitors and school visits each year and our work helped prepare for visitors coming to the museum during the summer months.

From trains to trees

On the 28th June, colleagues from Keltbray, Balfour Beatty and National Highways worked alongside members of the public and park wardens from Leeds City Council in beautiful Adel Wood. The team were involved in removing bracken to preserve the biodiversity of historic moorland surrounding Leeds.

We’re committed to making a difference for the communities where we work.  Our outreach work, led by Keltbray, continues to support communities in South Leeds contributing to longer term wellbeing.