Leeds’ busiest street – The Headrow and other parts of the city centre are going to be completely transformed and expanded by 2020-2021 after the 20 million pound plan has now been approved by councillors. With the environment in mind, we are expecting to see more cycle lanes and extra pedestrian crossings to encourage the public to lessen their carbon foot print. These are the 5 biggest expansions you will be seeing to your city over the next decade:
- Leeds Train Station is being transformed and an extra couple of train stations may even be in the works… if you are regularly in the train station you will already be aware that the roof is in the process of being changed as the main entrance is too. However that is not everything in store, thanks to a £161 million investment from Network Rail, there will be another platform and track put into place and a much better train signalling service to help improve train services. Thorpe Park Station – an area with many businesses and job opportunities in East Leeds, will lessen congestion on the roads and provide an easy access to this bustling hub. On the other side of Leeds, White Rose Station will sit on the Leeds to Dewsbury line and connect commuters to the office park, the shopping centre and surrounding areas.
- Big plans are in store for The Headrow; £20.7 million project funded by the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme will allow for easier access on this hectic road. The space itself will be transformed with new bus shelters, new pedestrian crossings and new paving to improve the overall experience of going into the city centre. Public consultation is now open, so if you’re keen to have a say then visit the link below.
- The South Bank area will become a hotspot in Leeds; the plans in place will double the size of the city centre adding parks, relaxing public spaces and bringing back to life some of the historical and quaint buildings which reside in the city centre. These plans are designed to encourage people to travel by foot more when navigating around the city.
- Still with an environmental conscious, there will be a new park and ride coming to Leeds. Accommodating up to 1,200 cars, the park and ride will be built in Stourton with easy access from Junction 7 of M621 making it ideally placed for commuters coming in from the South East. With improved roads the bus is estimated to only take around 13 minutes to reach the city centre.
- Lastly, buses will be more accessible and with lower carbon emissions. In December 2017, First Leeds agreed to invest a huge sum of £71 million into getting much lower emission buses. 284 new vehicles will be running by 2020, with a current 105 green buses already roaming the streets in Leeds. These green buses are 95% cleaner than the previous vehicles and do not release as many damaging toxins. And to make things even better they also include free WiFi, leather seats and USB chargers!
By Anna Doherty.