Over 100 buses pass through The Headrow every hour. Leeds City Council says the scheme will make them more reliable

 
The Headrow scheme will reduce the number of cars and make buses more reliable

 
Leeds City Council have released a new animation which shows how the £30m Headrow scheme will look once completed in spring 2021.

The scheme forms part of the Connecting Leeds programme which is set to transform transport in the city centre into world-class gateways for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, while continuing to provide access for businesses. Public realm improvements, bus priority measures, more greenery, safer cycle ways and crossings and wider pavements are just some of the benefits of the project.

Over 100 buses pass through The Headrow every hour. The council says that reducing the number of cars will ensure that buses will be more reliable, which will in turn encourage more people on to public transport as it becomes a more efficient way of getting in and out of the city.

The scheme started almost a year ago. Large areas of paving on the southern footpaths have been completed (almost 2.5 miles of paving or 11,900 paving slabs) and nine shipping container-sized tree pits dug out in preparation for the first semi-mature trees to be planted.

As well as this, over 6,000 tonnes of waste materials have been removed from site and recycled at a nearby recycling plant.

District Heating pipes have been successfully installed between Eastgate and Oxford Place which will transfer energy from waste processed at the Veolia RERF facility. They will eventually provide low carbon heat and water for some businesses and major city centre public buildings including the museum, Town Hall and Civic Hall in addition to almost 10,00 homes that have already been connected to the scheme in Leeds.

To view the flythrough, CLICK HERE.

As well as creating a more attractive public realm, offering priority to buses, widening pavements for pedestrians and creating safer cycle ways, the Leeds PIPES district heating works will also enable the connection of homes and businesses to low carbon heating

“As well as creating a more attractive public realm, offering priority to buses, widening pavements for pedestrians and creating safer cycle ways, the Leeds PIPES district heating works will also enable the connection of homes and businesses to low carbon heating,” said Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development. “These will all make a positive contribution to help tackle the climate emergency.

“As shops, cafes and businesses continue to reopen and the city centre sees more people again, we will continue to work with our partners and bus operators to minimise disruption as much as possible but we would like to remind people to plan ahead for their journeys, to respect the rules on public transport around wearing masks and consider walking or cycling for shorter journeys if you can.”

 
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