Better late than never! End in sight for work on latest phase of Leeds cycleway

The opening of the Bradford-Leeds section of the superhighway in June.
The opening of the Bradford-Leeds section of the superhighway in June.
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It has been a long and at times frustrating journey but work on the latest stage of the Leeds cycle superhighway is finally set for completion.

The multi-million pound route’s extension from the eastern edge of Leeds city centre to Seacroft along the A64 has been running months behind schedule.

But now project bosses have announced that the main phase of work on the A64 is scheduled to be done and dusted in the next few weeks.

A spokeswoman for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority-backed CityConnect scheme said: “We understand the frustration the ongoing works have caused to those who live, work and travel on the A64 corridor and regret that we could not be more specific with completion dates previously.”

Construction work on the inbound side of the A64 is due to be finished by next Monday, October 17, and on the outbound side by the end of the month.

The CityConnect team is also warning, however, that some “superficial” work such as line painting and the installation of signage will continue after those dates.

Reasons for the previous delays to the project include the damage done to Leeds’s roads by the Boxing Day floods and issues with gas mains and drainage.

The Bradford-Leeds section of the superhighway opened in June amid criticism that parts of it bring riders into conflict with pedestrians.

A consultation process was also launched over the summer on proposals for an extension of the route to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground and the creation of a link to the city’s emerging ‘education’ quarter around Black Bull Street and Hunslet Lane.

For more details on the scheme, visit the www.cyclecityconnect.co.uk website.