Drivers warned over Leeds road restrictions

Enforcement cameras at the top of Call Lane. Picture Tony Johnson

Enforcement cameras at the top of Call Lane. Picture Tony Johnson

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Motorists are being warned to avoid being caught after access on a busy Leeds city centre street has been restricted.

Access along Call Lane has been limited to buses and Hackney Carriages during peak periods.

Leeds City Council chiefs have installed cameras along the busy street which is home to a number of bars and restaurants.

The local authority has worked in conjunction with traders and West Yorkshire Police to permit access along Call Lane from Friday to Monday between 10pm and 5am as part of their trial.

The number of vehicles using Call Lane will continue to be monitored and police will still be able to close the street to traffic if any issues arise.

The street has previously been closed to traffic at peak weekend times in a bid to clamp down on trouble and clear the streets of revellers quicker.

West Yorkshire Police officers previously monitored the street to restrict access to all vehicles using Call Lane during busy times including Friday and Saturday evenings.

However, hackney carriage drivers hit back at the previous no-go scheme, which was implemented nearly two years ago saying it could cause gridlock in the city centre in the approach to the peak party season.

A Leeds City Council spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post the new measures are part of a trial.

He said: “After careful consideration we have taken the decision with the support of traders and West Yorkshire Police to only permit access along Call Lane to buses and Hackney Carriages from 10pm -5am as part of a trial period.

“This is to ensure that the traffic network in the vicinity of Call Lane remains free-flowing and unobstructed.

“Vehicle numbers on Call Lane will continue to be closely monitored and the police will have the option to close the street to traffic at any time if any issues arise.”

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