Leeds city centre gets pedal power as work begins on extension to cycle superhighway scheme


Work has started on a multi-million pound extension to the Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway.

The £7.9m project will see segregated cycle routes being created on key roads through Leeds city centre.

Transport bosses say new routes will run along Wellington Street to City Square and from Queen Street to Westgate as well as north-to-south along the line of St Peter’s Street.

The existing superhighway covers 23 kilometres east-to-west between Seacroft and Bradford but does not currently run through Leeds city centre.

It is hoped work on the extension scheme – funded by the Government’s Cycling City Ambition Grant programme – will be completed by next summer.

The project is being delivered by Leeds City Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect team.

Combined authority transport committee chair Coun Keith Wakefield said: “West Yorkshire already has some of the country’s leading integrated walking and cycling infrastructure and the Leeds city centre superhighway will add to that.

“As well as improving walking and cycling facilities, the new cycle superhighway through Leeds city centre will support economic growth by reducing congestion and its costs and contribute to improving air quality and the attractiveness of the city centre for everyone.”

The longest route of its kind in the country, the Leeds-Bradford superhighway opened last year amid criticism that parts of it brought riders into conflict with pedestrians.