Leeds news LIVE: Buses return to The Headrow in both directions from today

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Buses are back on The Headrow from today. PIC: Leeds City Council
Buses are back on The Headrow from today. PIC: Leeds City Council

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Leeds news live: Sunday, October 4

Last updated: Sunday, 04 October, 2020, 10:32

  • Buses return to The Headrow
  • Work continues on Cookridge Street transformation

Duncan Street update

From tmorrow, the dedicated left turn lane will be permanently removed from Duncan Street. This is to prepare for pavement repair works. Traffic will still flow in both directions but it’s likely there will be delays at peak times.

Cookridge Street latest

Work has started on Cookridge Street to create a new public space that will offer more seating, greenery and a new cycle path.

The design will include permanently closing Cookridge Street to motorised traffic meaning that there will be no through road from The Headrow. Permanently closing this road will allow this area of the city to become a hub for outdoor events and activities, as well as being a more attractive area for socialising.

Buses return to The Headrow

Buses will return to serve the Headrow in both directions today. 

This means that the temporary bus stops on Calverley Street, Great George Street and Merrion Street will be taken out of use and later removed. Bus services will return to bus stops on The Headrow and Albion Street

The return of the two-way bus operation on the Headrow will also enable the return of bus services to the Bus Station, such as the 72, and support the return of cross-city connections such as service 1 linking the north and south of the city. 

As well as this, priority measures will soon be introduced to improve bus journey times for users.

The work forms part of the Connecting Leeds ambition to improve bus reliability, reduce congestion, enhance the quality of the city centre and reduce air pollution. This is a partnership with Leeds City Council, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus operators investing in public transport including new, low emission buses serving many communities.

Safer crossings are being introduced to improve the area for pedestrians and wider footways will allow for more café seating and greenery, complementing forthcoming plans the city has to enhance the historic townscape on The Headrow next year.

The project is expected to be fully complete by spring 202

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