First look photos as work to pedestrianise Greek Street in Leeds is completed

Construction work to turn Greek Street into a pedestrianised area has been completed.

Monday, 27th July 2020, 6:25 am
Updated Monday, 27th July 2020, 6:30 am

Work has been ongoing on the busy Leeds city centre street for the past few months.

The transformation includes a new level surface of granite paving, new feature lighting, CCTV and a vehicle access control system.

It has also provided bars and restaurants to have more outside seating space.

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The new pedestrianised Greek Street. Photo: Leeds City Council.

The area will be fully pedestrianised every day from 11:30am-5am with controlled vehicle access outside of those hours.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said "This is a great example of the fantastic work that can be achieved when the council works closely with businesses to improve public spaces across our city.

"These latest developments to Greek Street continue to boost the street’s appeal as a popular leisure destination for the city.

“The work we continue to deliver under our newly launched Our Spaces strategy ensures we continue to deliver spaces and places, designed with a people-first approach, creating welcoming and well planned public spaces which meet our climate ambitions and contribute to the economic success of the city centre for all.”

What it looked like before work to turn it into a pedestrianised area.

Martin Wolstencroft, Chief Executive of Arc Inspirations (which includes the Manahatta site on Greek Street) said:

“I am delighted to see the great work completed by Leeds City Council in the pedestrianisation of Greek Street.

"External areas like this are vital to attracting people to Leeds and making a safe and welcoming environment for all, especially with the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

"The high quality investment raises the standard and quality for all and will have a knock on effect for operators in investing greater in their external furniture and schemes.

The new pedestrianised Greek Street. Photo: Leeds City Council.

“Investment like this in key leisure areas really does help hospitality businesses succeed and build a great economy for employment, sub-contractors, suppliers and other key business partners.

"I would like to thank all concerned in their investment, communication and great partnership working.”

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The new pedestrianised Greek Street. Photo: Leeds City Council.

Laura Collins