Leeds news LIVE: Latest on cycling and walking network | Major Headrow scheme to pave the way

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Leeds news LIVE: Saturday, April 24

Last updated: Saturday, 24 April, 2021, 09:36

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Major Headrow scheme set to pave the way for city centre re-opening

A multi-million pound Connecting Leeds scheme which is set to transform one of the city’s busiest streets is close to completion as work to resurface the road starts.

The Headrow scheme, once complete in May, will give people more appealing alternatives to the car by making bus services quicker and more reliable. Plus it will ensure that journeys on foot and by bike are more convenient, attractive and safer.

The overall vision is to create easier connections between bus and rail services and safer, greener and less vehicle dominated areas which will work towards achieving Leeds City Council’s Climate Emergency 2030 net zero carbon target.

The resurfacing work which will start in April is one of the final tasks ahead of completion in mid-May. There will be a series of full weekend closures at various sections of the road.

Friday, May 7, 8pm – Monday May 10 5.30am: Vicar Lane and New York Road junction

Leeds City Council's chief officer for highways and transportation, Gary Bartlett said: “In summer 2019, Connecting Leeds started works to transform the city centre with construction on a number of major projects across the city including the Headrow. After almost two years, it’s really pleasing to see the works coming to an end and the improved environments for all visitors to the city centre.

“The scale of these works has been huge, with new paving and kerb lines, widened pavements, new trees, cycling lanes and bus shelters – along with safer road crossings.

“I would like to thank our partners and all the teams involved; the last 12 months in particular have been very challenging but work has continued throughout.

“There is still much work to do to transform the space around the Corn Exchange and improving bus routes and public realm in the area, so our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this but we’re making good progress.”

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West Yorkshire’s cycling and walking network

Work will complete this spring on several cycling and walking schemes across Leeds which have been accelerated through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, to meet the challenge of providing more travel choices for people as coronavirus restrictions are lifted across the country.

In Leeds city centre, work is due to complete in April on a new cycle route along Claypit Lane, which will provide a safe, direct link for people travelling by bike and on foot between north Leeds and the city centre, and includes a 1.3km segregated route between Chapeltown Road and Woodhouse Lane.

The new section will link to existing routes on Meanwood Road and provide people with a safer crossing over the Inner Ring Road. Importantly, the scheme also includes a new continuous route for people travelling on foot into the northern part of the city centre.

For other routes and more information, visit the CityConnect website.

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