LATEST TRANSPORT PROPOSALS – HAVE YOUR SAY

I have been sent the following information:

“The next steps in transforming transport and travel in and around Leeds City Centre is set to begin with “Have Your Say” consultation commenced on 11th March.   

We want to make changes to the layout of the Headrow, Park Row and Infirmary Street, and several adjoining streets to give more priority to buses, allocate more space for pedestrians and create new, safer routes for cyclists. 

The attached briefing provides you with a summary of the proposals which will be live on our website later today – The link to the web page is here

Additionally, there is a public stakeholder event next week on the 20th March at the Leeds Art Gallery, where the proposals will be displayed and you have an opportunity to discuss them with the project team. 

You can book your place at the event using Eventbrite here

Further information is below:

Introduction

The next steps in transforming transport and travel in and around Leeds City Centre is set to begin with “Have Your Say” consultation commencing on the afternoon of the 11th March.

Our aim is to enhance the quality of the city centre, increase public space, make buses passing through the city centre more reliable and improve opportunities for walking and cycling within the city.

To do this, we want to make changes to the layout of the Headrow, Park Row and Infirmary Street, and several adjoining streets to give more priority to buses, allocate more space for pedestrians and create new, safer routes for cyclists.

Following public feedback in July and August 2018 on initial concepts for the city centre, we have developed further proposals, addressing issues raised around bus service reliability, cycle safety, accessibility, pedestrian comfort and the quality of public realm.

Our proposals have been informed by the Our Spaces strategy, which recognises the city’s public realm as its greatest cultural asset, drawing people to the city and helping to secure its prosperity. The proposals create new traffic-free public spaces and enhance the standard of these streets.

Key dates

The Consultation will begin on Monday 11th March 2019

The Consultation will end on Friday 12th April 2019

City Centre event – Wednesday 20th March 2019 –

16:00 – 19:00

at Leeds Art Gallery, Henry Moor Room, Leeds LS1 3AA – Please book your place at Eventbrite – the link is here.

Scheme updates:

The Headrow at Victoria Gardens – near Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Art Gallery

We’re creating a space that is for the pedestrians of the city centre. Upgraded realms, wider footways and shortened pedestrian crossings will create huge benefits for the public. Narrowing the carriageway through the removal of the central median allows us to provide a two-way protected cycleway – giving you easier access into the city by bicycle, linking Westgate and Cookridge Street.

The Headrow at St John’s Centre, Dortmund Square – near The Core and Sainsbury’s

We’ll create a better streetscape for the public by removing the central median; creating wider footways and new areas for greenery. A new, wide crossing will allow you to easily cross the street from The Core and Lands Lane to Dortmund Square and St John’s Centre.

Bus stops will be located to better areas with wider footways for passengers to wait. Bus-only restrictions will be in place to create more space for pedestrians, access to disabled parking spaces will be maintain and loading will be allowed during certain hours – similar to Briggate.

Cookridge Street – near Raddisson Blu, The Light and Leeds Cathedral

A pop-up park during the summer has been hugely successful here for several years. We want to make this a permanent feature by closing Cookridge Street to all vehicles between the Headrow and St Anne’s Street.

This will allow us to create a new public space with greenery and seating for everyone to enjoy. A two-way cycleway will link the Headrow and Great George Street and a new drop-off facility will be provided for customers of local businesses.

New Briggate – near Sports Direct, Home Sense and Leeds Grand Theatre

We want to create another new public space in the city centre, allowing space for café and restaurant al-fresco seating. The pedestrianised street will be accentuated with greenery and benches to create a further space for you to relax.

Morning servicing hours will allow traffic to access New Briggate for loading. Existing bus services will be relocated to Vicar Lane. Further up New Briggate, we will widen footways and provide a contra-flow cycle lane, increasing your travel options here.

Vicar Lane – near The Old Red Bus Station, Travelodge, Zaap Thai

Vicar Lane will provide a bus-only, two way route into and out of the centre. Bus–only restrictions will be extended to improve bus journey time reliability.

We will provide upgraded bus stops, widen footways and provide new greenery to uplift the street and improve its attractiveness. New pedestrian crossings will be placed in better locations for pedestrians.

Park Row – near HSBC, Wetherspoons Beckett’s Bank and Caffe Nero

Park Row will be converted to one-way operation for most of its length allowing us to widen the footways of this busy street, giving you more room.

A protected cycleway will be created along sections of the street giving you safer ways to cycle in the centre. Between Russell Street and Bedford Street, a northbound lane will allow businesses to receive deliveries.

Infirmary Street – near Pret a Manger, The Box and Aspire

Infirmary Street will be transformed, allowing buses to operate in both directions. Current bus stop islands will be replaced with stops on either side of the street with upgraded, modern bus shelters. Pedestrians will be save time through a straight across pedestrian crossing. These works will complement our future ambitions for City Square.

We will replace the island bus stops with stops on either side of the street and provide a higher standard of bus shelter. A new straight-over pedestrian crossing will be provided.