£8.9m travel infrastructure works due to start in Leeds

CGI of the infrastructure works to be carried out on Infirmary Street

Works are set to start on a major £8.9 million transformation of travel infrastructure in Leeds.

The scheme is part of the Leeds City Council’s ‘Connecting Leeds’ programme to make public transport, cycling and walking more attractive. It also has a focus on improved bus services aiming to encourage bus use to have doubled by 2026.

Beginning February 24, Connecting Leeds will begin works to turn Infirmary Street into a two-way road designed for bus and cycle priority access with provision for local access for businesses and residents.

The programme also aims to enhance public spaces as part of a strategy to reduce car dominance in the city centre.

The scheme is in addition to the £20.7 million project which is currently taking place on The Headrow

“These plans are the next step on our journey to improve public transport reliability across the city centre for the future, to improve cycling and walking facilities and a further step towards our aim of increasing the pedestrianisation of the city centre,” said Leeds City Council executive board member for climate change, transport and sustainable development Councillor Lisa Mulherin.

Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, added “All these improvements are designed to support the increased use of buses by making them more reliable and punctual and to support our work to tackle climate change by easing congestion.