Residents urged to have their say on new Leeds cycleway

Metro chairman Coun James Lewis and CityConnect's Ginny Leonard
Metro chairman Coun James Lewis and CityConnect's Ginny Leonard
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Transport bosses have launched a public consultation process to help decide the exact route of a £30m ‘super cycleway’ connecting Leeds and Bradford.

The segregated cycleway’s basic course will take it from east Leeds down the A64 into the city centre then out westwards on the A647 to Stanningley before it heads into the middle of Bradford via Thornbury.

Work still has to be done, however, on the fine detail of the scheme, which is seen as a key way of ensuring a lasting legacy from Yorkshire’s hosting of the opening weekend of this summer’s Tour de France.

The consultation will seek grassroots views on issues such as the impact of the project on some junction layouts.

Each stage of the process will look at a different section of the 14-mile route, with the newly-launched first phase focusing on its Thornbury-Stanningley stretch.

First phase feedback can be submitted until February 28 by e-mailing or tweeting @CityConnect1 or visiting the CityConnect page on Facebook.

Details of consultation events are due to be announced next week.

The cycleway is part of a package of transport measures called CityConnect that also includes Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath improvements and a push to get more people walking.

CityConnect’s Ginny Leonard said: “The public consultation is really important as it’s a chance for local businesses and residents to have their say and help the plans.

“The improvements to the cycling and walking routes from east Leeds to Bradford city centre will benefit everyone and we want as many people to get involved as possible.”

The Government announced last summer that it would be pumping £18m into CityConnect.

A further £11.2m is coming from Leeds and Bradford councils as well as West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro.

For further information about the scheme, visit the website.

l Hundreds of thousands of people are set to turn out to watch the Grand Depart of this year’s Tour de France in Leeds on Saturday, July 5, before the world-famous cycle race moves off into the rest of the White Rose county.

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