Motorists heading into Leeds city center are encouraged to plan their journey in advance as work on Bishopgate Street and Neville Street will begin shortly.
From the week beginning May 23, Bishopgate Street and Neville Street will both be reduced to one lane for traffic heading into the city centre.
The lane closures are expected to last until the end of the year and precede proposed work to close City Square to through traffic, which is expected to begin later this year subject to final approval.
The closures will allow preliminary work to be carried out before major improvements are made to the main entrance to Leeds City station, which will see both New Station Street and Bishopgate Street transformed into safer and more pedestrian-friendly spaces in as part of the Transforming Cities Fund. Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Gateway Scheme.
Leeds City Council and its partners will work to keep any disruption to a minimum, and businesses in the area will be open as usual with access maintained. However, the works are likely to cause traffic congestion for vehicles traveling through the town center along Bishopgate Street and Neville Street.
Motorists who would normally travel to town using these roads are encouraged to plan their trips and consider alternative ways of getting around.
This could include:
- Using Park and Ride schemes such as Stourton, Elland Road and Temple Green.
- Travel by bus or train.
- Cycling or walking in the city.
- Motorists who have no choice but to drive should consider traveling outside peak times where possible, or using alternative routes within the city, such as using Junction 4 of the M621 instead of exit 3 and also exit 2, which is likely to be affected by work in progress on the Armley roundabout.
To prepare for this closure and subsequent works, visitors, workers and residents of Leeds are urged to plan ahead (search Plan Ahead Leeds or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/planahead) before you travel and to sign up for regular email updates or follow Connecting Leeds on social media.
There will also be road signage, with targeted communications in affected areas.
Leeds City Councilor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate, said:
“We appreciate that these works will cause disruption and we are working to keep this to a minimum and we thank people in advance for their patience. However the works are essential to start the major transformation works at the entrance to the station, and it is important that we encourage people to plan ahead to reduce any effect this has on their journey.
“At the same time, as this work begins ahead of the upcoming closure of City Square to through traffic, we hope this will provide an opportunity for motorists to reflect on how they move around the city and to consider alternative modes of transport in the longer term.”
Work on Bishopgate Street has been planned to follow the recent closure of Armley Gyratory for a weekend in April, and will follow the reopening of the A64 Regent Street leaflet, to minimize further disruption to the road network.
As well as being part of the delivery of the Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Gateway programme, the work will contribute to the ongoing motorway transformation works across the city, which will deliver plans for public transport, walking, cycling and public domain in the city. .
About the Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Walkway
Preliminary work comes ahead of the launch of the Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Gateway programme, which will begin later this year and will see an investment of £39.5 million to significantly improve the station’s main entrance and surrounding area.
With the number of rail passengers using the station set to increase significantly over the next 20 years, work is needed to meet capacity demands and ensure people can enter, exit and wait for services safely to meet standards Network Rail security.
New Station Street will become a much improved and safer pedestrian-friendly environment with the removal of vehicular traffic except for service deliveries and emergency vehicles. The appearance of the area will be improved and various access options will be provided, including the installation of wider and safer steps outside the station entrance and two large passenger lifts between New Station Street and Bishopgate Street.
The taxi rank will relocate to Bishopgate Street and will be designed to allow passengers to access vehicles from the curb, which will help people in wheelchairs or service dogs to board more easily, as well as those with disabilities. luggage. There will be room for six vehicles, and the row will be well lit and sheltered with seats at different heights.
The improvements will be made by Leeds City Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Network Rail as the landowner, and are being funded by the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities fund. All work should be completed in early 2024.
For more information on Leeds Station’s Sustainable Travel Walkway, visit https://leedscitystation.commonplace.is/