Leeds City Centre Improvements
The Leeds City Centre Improvements will build on the recently completed 23km Cycle Superhighway (CS1) from Bradford to Leeds and Leeds to Seacroft (CS2), and expand the Cycle Superhighway network in Leeds City Centre.. The infrastructure delivered will connect CS1 and CS2 across Leeds City Centre, as well as deliver part of the City Centre Loop.
For the latest updates on this project, please see the bottom of this page
The Leeds City Centre cycling ambition is to provide an additional 10km of segregated Cycle Superhighways, the details of the full ambition can be found below.
The proposals are split into 4 sections, detailed information about each section will appear when you click on one of the links below or on the blue boxes on the overview map further down this page.
- An extension of Cycle Superhighways 1 and 2 into the City Centre
- A southern Superhighway to Elland Road
- A City Cycle Loop consisting of a segregated cycle route around the City Centre
- A link from the City Cycle Loop to the emerging Education Quarter
Cycle Superhighway 1 & 2 Extensions
Proposed Cycle Superhighway 3 - Leeds to Elland Road
Proposed Education Quarter Links
Proposed City Cycle Loop
The scheme would include full segregation from general traffic, junction improvements to better accommodate cycles, segregated cycle crossings, improved pedestrian crossing facilities, cycleway bypasses at bus stops, cycle priority at side roads and signed links to and along quiet streets. These proposals would create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling in Leeds City Centre. The Superhighway proposals will also act as a catalyst to provide streetscape* improvements at important locations within the City. The Superhighway proposals also interface with a number of other planned transport and public space improvement schemes, such as the South Bank Masterplan and, the proposal to close City Square to through traffic; therefore the scheme is being designed to fit with current needs and future aspirations. You can have your say on the South Bank Masterplan at www.southbankleeds.co.uk and you can join the Leeds Transport Conversation at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Leeds-transport-conversations.aspx
Elements of the ambition for Cycle Superhighways which are to be delivered by CityConnect2 are anticipated to be completed by spring 2018.
September 2016 – What is happening now?
The public consultation period for this scheme ran from 1st August to 9th September 2016. Members of the public were invited to leave comments on each element of the ambition online, via email or by attending one of the three consultation events.
If you missed the public consultation period but would like to provide feedback on the scheme please email email@example.com.
You can view the consultation report produced on the documentation page
June 2016 – What is happening now?
The public consultation in August 2016 was a factor in deciding which sections to move forward and deliver first, using the CityConnect funding. After the consultation, revised design proposals for the chosen sections were produced and The Executive Committee at Leeds City Council approved these in February 2017.
The details of what will be delivered are as follows;
Cycle Superhighway 1 Extension
This will continue Cycle Superhighway 1 along Wellington Street and into City Square. The extension of Cycle Superhighway 1 would provide a segregated one-way cycleway on either side of Wellington Street. The scheme will integrate with the existing cycle facilities around City Square and will complement the potential closure of City Square to through traffic. The junction of Northern Street, Wellington Street and Queen Street will be a key location on the extension of Cycle Superhighway 1 and on the proposed City Cycle Loop. The junction will allow cycles to move safely between these two Superhighway routes. Therefore the provisions of safe and direct cycle facilities are proposed along with facilities to provide safe turning movements. To allow this some movements at the junction may be restricted for general traffic, and a southbound one-way system on Queen Street is proposed.
The western section of a City Cycle Loop would spur off the Cycle Superhighway 1 extension and would follow Queen Street on a two way segregated cycleway and would then drop onto the quiet streets of St Pauls Street, Park Square connecting with Westgate at the junction of Park Square East.
Cycle Superhighway 2 Extension
This would continue Cycle Superhighway 2 along Marsh Way, York Street and Kirkgate to Vicar Lane. The extension of Cycle Superhighway 2 will be a two-way segregated cycleway on the southern side of Marsh Way and York Street, with direct crossing facilities at the Marsh Way / York Street junction. An improvement scheme is proposed at the York Street / Duke Street / St Peters Street junction which would close two existing arches of the viaduct to general traffic to allow a segregated Cycle Superhighway between St Peters Street and Crown Point Road. The St Peter’s Street spur of the City Cycle Loop would be included within the Cycle Superhighway 2 extension to ensure a link is delivered to the existing Regent Street Route 9 cycle route. Direct cycle facilities would also be provided for east to west movement across the City Centre Loop road on York Street. This scheme would also provide improved pedestrian facilities as well as opportunities to enhance the streetscape environment in this location. The Superhighway would then cross to the northern side of Kirkgate and follow Kirkgate to the junction with Harper Street. On-carriageway cycle facilities would be provided North West of the junction of the High Court and Kirkgate, along with enhanced cycle facilities at the junctions.
A two-way, segregated cycleway is proposed on the eastern side of Leeds Bridge. On the southern side it would link to the NCN 66 to and a potential contra flow bus cycle lane (separate project being delivered by LCC Traffic Management team) would link to the North (on Lower Briggate).
Emerging Education Quarter
A small section of this proposal has been delivered on Black Bull Street outside the new Ruth Gorse Academy. This facility was constructed through a contribution as part of the Section 106 funding for the Academy.