Leeds City Centre Improvements
The improvements to Leeds City Centre, delivered by the CityConnect programme, will provide an additional 4km of segregated Cycle Superhighways across the city. This will build on the 23km Cycle Superhighway (CS1) from Bradford to Leeds and Leeds to Seacroft (CS2), connecting them across Leeds City Centre. Additionally there will be improvements to Leeds Bridge and on Black Bull Street in the emerging Education Quarter.
Work started at the end of October 2017 and was being delivered by Carillion. Since the news about Carillion going into liquidation the council have formally terminated the contract There were robust mitigation measures put in place at the start of the contract, to prepare for situations such as this. The funds from the bond which was held in reserve have now been called in, and will be used to cover the costs associated with the procurement of an alternative contractor to deliver the works.
The council have prioritised a review of how this situation will affect the project and the following actions have been taken;
- Each of the 6 sites where works have already been undertaken have been thoroughly assessed and confirmed as safe and not impacting on highway network capacity.
- Leeds City Council Highways & Transportation have directly appointed the traffic management contractor who were working for Carillion. This will ensure that safety around the work areas is not compromised prior to construction resuming and will ensure continuity in the interim.
- The council have been engaging directly with key suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure that, wherever possible, the impact of Carillion’s liquidation is mitigated.
Since the announcement on the 15th of January Highways & Transportation have been working towards appointing a new contractor and are currently in ongoing discussions with their approved highway framework contractor about the possibility of them completing the project. This solution will ensure the quickest return to site and subsequently offer the best value for money. To date this contractor has appointed a number of former Carillion staff, which would provide consistency to the project moving forward and also ensure that the impact of Carillion’s liquidation on the local workforce is slightly lessened.
Further information will be provided when a contractor has been formally appointed and a programme of works has been produced. The council are confident that there will not be a significant delay to the completion of the project.
West Leeds – Cycle Superhighway 2 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.
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Programme of Works
The programme of works is currently being reviewed and will be updated once the new delivery contractor has been appointed.
East Leeds – 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.
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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).
Artist’s impression of what Leeds bridge will look like after the improvements
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.
From 1st August to 9th September 2016 members of the public were consulted on the full Leeds City Centre Cycling Ambition.
The full ambition is not being delivered by CityConnect however this consultation was a key factor in deciding which elements of the ambition should be delivered first, using the CityConnect funding.
The full ambition is split into 4 sections, detailed information about each section will appear when you click on the links below. CityConnect is delivering the first section; An Extension of Cycle Superhighways 1 and 2 into the City Centre.
Cycle Superhighway 1 & 2 Extensions
Proposed Cycle Superhighway 3 - Leeds to Elland Road
Proposed Education Quarter Links
Proposed City Cycle Loop
During the consultation period members of the public were invited to leave comments on each element of the ambition online, via email or by attending a consultation events. You can view the consultation report produced on the documentation page
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.