Leeds city centre gateway to get £2.8m ‘major uplift’ for pedestrians

An artist's impression of new plans for the Woodhouse Lane/Clay Pit Lane junction. Credit: Leeds City Council.
An artist's impression of new plans for the Woodhouse Lane/Clay Pit Lane junction. Credit: Leeds City Council.
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A new £2.8m “major uplift” to improve a gateway into Leeds city centre has been approved by decision-makers.

The “unattractive” and traffic-laden junction of Woodhouse Lane and Claypit Lane, next to the council’s on going Merrion House development, is to have sections pedestrianised as part of the plans.

At a meeting Leeds City Council leader, Coun Judith Blake, said: “We are in the top list of cities in the Lonely Planet guide. It’s a huge accolade and will bring many, many young people from across the world into the city.

“We need places where people can stop informally and enjoy the sort of weather we have been experiencing.”

A council report for the Executive Board, which signed off the plans on Wednesday, reads: “The proposed works will provide a major uplift to this important gateway junction into Leeds.

“Currently, this location is an unattractive and traffic-focussed location which acts as a barrier to pedestrians on their way to the city centre.

“The proposals would constitute a major improvement to this key intersection which has been in a state of relative disrepair for a number of years.”

The plans will develop on recent schemes to temporarily make Cookridge Street and Greek Street open to pedestrians only. An redundant subway light-well in the centre of the junction and access ramps are to be filled in and provide the opportunity to create an area suitable for public open space.

The left turn lane next to the former Cobourg pub will become redundant, the council report reads, and when removed will combine with the existing small grassed area behind. The report also states that a one-way traffic system could also be implemented on Merrion Way in the future, subject to further discussions.

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