Hundreds of Leeds streets face new 20mph limits in cycle route plan

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Hundreds of streets could be turned into 20mph traffic zones as part of plans to create a new ‘super cycleway’ across Leeds.

A Leeds City Council report says putting the zones in place on the majority of the roads adjacent or giving access to the cycleway is “fundamental” to the success of the £30m scheme.

The segregated route’s basic course will take it from east Leeds down the A64 into the city centre.

It will then head out westwards via the A647 Stanningley Road past Wortley, Armley, Bramley and Pudsey before continuing through Thornbury into the middle of Bradford.

Large areas either side of the CityConnect route – hailed as a key way of ensuring a lasting legacy from Yorkshire’s role in this summer’s Tour de France – have now been picked as possible 20mph zones.

Locations earmarked for the speed limit include:

* Streets in Stanks and Manston bounded by Barwick Road to the north and Austhorpe Road to the south;

* Part of Harehills that is bounded by Harehills Lane, Kimberley Road and St Alban Approach;

* Roads in Woodhouse and Burley adjacent to Woodhouse Lane, Clarendon Road, Woodsley Road, Burley Road and Kirkstall Road;

* A stretch of Old Road in Farsley as well as streets off Richardshaw Lane, Lidget Hill and Lowtown in Pudsey.

News of the plan was welcomed today by Alison Lambert, from Farsley Business Forum.

She said: “Crossing Stanningley Road and Farsley Town Street can be like getting across the M1.

“Hopefully this would persuade more people to come here on foot and do their shopping locally.”

The council today said consultations with residents and businesses within the proposed 20mph zones would be starting this week.

It said around 40 new zones could end up being created – but stressed the exact number would be subject to the results of the consultation process.

Government ministers announced last summer that they would be pumping £18m into CityConnect.

A further £11.2m is coming from Leeds and Bradford councils as well as West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro.

* Nearly 80 per cent of people think 20mph speed limits should be the norm around schools, in residential streets and in village, town and city centres, according to a new survey.

The poll of 1,000 people was carried out by West Yorkshire-based road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance.

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