Leeds City Centre Improvements
- The improvements to Leeds City Centre are part of an ambition to provide an additional 10km of segregated Cycle Superhighways across the city.
- The improvements to be delivered by the CityConnect programme will build on the recently completed 23km Cycle Superhighway (CS1) from Bradford to Leeds and the soon to be completed 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. Additionally there will be improvements to Leeds Bridge and on Black Bull Street in the emerging Education Quarter – see descriptions below.
- The detailed design drawings for what will be delivered will be available shortly. Work is expected to start this autumn and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2018. Once construction begins you will be able to find the latest updates on our Project Updates page.
- 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.
Pre-scheme images of Wellington Street – Cycle Superhighway 1 Extension
- 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.
Pre-scheme images of Duke Street/Kirkgate – Cycle Superhighway 2 Extension
- Leeds Bridge
- 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.
Public Consultation on the full Leeds City Centre Cycling Ambition
The public consultation period for the full Leeds City Centre Cycling Ambition 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. You can view the consultation report produced on the documentation page
The public consultation was a key factor in deciding which sections (see below) 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 full ambition was 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 below the links.
- 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 ambition across the scheme includes 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. The 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.