Which streets in Leeds will close to through traffic?

Trials to close some streets in Leeds to private cars will begin this week, in an effort to deter rat-running on residential roads.

By Richard Beecham
Monday, 9th November 2020, 11:50 am
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 11:53 am

Leeds City Council has dubbed the scheme “active travel neighbourhoods”, and it is hoped the low-traffic roads in Hyde Park and Chapeltown will make the areas more child, pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

The work, which will soon see another scheme starting in Beeston, will last for a minimum of six months, during which the council said it would “closely consult, monitor and evaluate their impact”.

Leeds City Council said the measures would still allow residents, businesses, deliveries and emergency vehicles, but would be enclosed to restrict through traffic. Car traffic will instead be directed to the surrounding distributor roads along the shortest possible route.

Planters will be placed at the end of some roads to restrict through traffic.

Road layouts are changed using planters and signs – the council’s parks and countryside team will install up to 120 planters across 60 locations.

The scheme will be funded with a Department for Transport grant of £730,000, which will also go towards the fourteen school streets initiatives and two of the trial segregated cycle schemes introduced in the city over the last few months.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, the council’s executive member for transport, said: “I would to thank the thousands of people in Leeds who have already taken part in our online consultation to make the best use of the emergency active travel money the government has made available to us so far to make our streets safer for walking, wheeling and cycling.

“Our goal for active travel neighbourhoods is to make our residential areas safer and deter rat-running through them, creating local streets that are safer, greener and healthier for the people of all ages that live there to walk, wheel, cycle and play.

“These are trial schemes and we will be listening closely to local residents and their experiences, the positives and the negatives while they are in place. We will be monitoring the effects carefully and listening to residents feedback to determine the next steps for these schemes.

“We would normally have undertaken extensive local consultation before delivering anything like this on the ground, but the conditions of the government’s emergency active travel funding required councils across the country to submit, design and deliver schemes on the ground in a matter of weeks. We are seeking the views of local residents throughout the trial schemes in their neighbourhood based on their experience of them.”

Where will be affected in Chapeltown?

Road closures or narrowings on:

- Button Hill

- Mexborough Place/Road/Street

- Reginald Street/Terrace

- Savile Avenue/Drive/Mount/Road

- Sholebroke Mount/Street

- St Martins Avenue/View

One way entries on:

- Mexborough Street

- St Martins Avenue

Restricted movement treatment on:

- St Martins Road/Crescent

- Blake Grove

Where will be affected in Hyde Park?

Planters placed across some street ends will allow walkers and cyclists to pass through, but not cars or other vehicles, on:

- Thornville Road

- Thornville Street

- Alexandra Road

- Howden Place

- Royal Park Road

- Brudenell Road

- Pearson Avenue

- Meadow View

- Hartwell Road

- Chapel Lane

- Newport Road

- The Norwoods.

A short section of Queen’s Road, at the junction with Royal Park Road, to become one way exit and right turn only.A bus gate to restrict motor vehicles (except buses and emergency services) on Queen’s Road, between Pearson Grove and Brudenell Road.

Brudenell Road to become one way between Hyde Park Road and Walton Road, removing parking and providing cycling facilities.

Chestnut Avenue to have parking restrictions to improve access for buses and refuse collection.

Where will be affected in Beeston?

Work has not yet been finalised, although it is understood Allenby Road, Barkley Road, Cross Flatts Avenue, Grove, Place Street, Cross Flatts Terrace, Firth Grove, Grovehall Drive, Marsden Avenue, Oakhurst Mount, Parkfield Road, Parkfield Row, Theodore Street and Wooler Street will all be affected by the work.