Connecting Leeds, Leeds City Council’s Highways and Transport team have opened a consultation on their proposed plans to improve the safety on the A660 (Otley Road / Headingley Lane).
The consultation takes place online until Sunday 5 March 2023, with in person events taking place at locations including Leeds University Union.
The proposals focus on keeping the local community safe on a road which has become an accident hotspot over recent years. 172 casualties occurred on the road between 2016 and 2021. Additionally, the plans also play a significant role in supporting sustainable and climate friendly travel, including walking, wheeling and cycling, as well as improving the reliability of public transport.
Active Travel England has proposed £10.4 million in funds to aid the shift to a safer and active travel friendly road. Thereby, the plans include widening footpaths, creating safer cycle paths, helping bus reliability and improving the safety junctions where previous collisions have occurred.
The A660 route is widely used by students and staff at the University of Leeds, and achieving sustainable travel is one of the seven principles of the University’s Climate Plan.
James Dixon Gough, Head of Net Zero Delivery said:
“Increasing active travel plays an essential role in supporting the University and City’s net zero targets, as well as achieving co-benefits such as improved health and well-being. The A660 has always been an important commuting route for University staff and students, but its lack of separation from traffic can be intimidating for cyclists and puts people off from using it. I’m really pleased to see Leeds City Council committing to improving the A660 and hope it gets the wider support that it needs.”
Implementing safer active travel options within the community will not only reduce congestion and air pollution in the area, but also offers local residents the health and wellbeing benefits associated with active travel.
If you would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas about the proposed plans, please submit your feedback before Sunday 5 March 2023. Alternatively, you can attend one of the in person drop-in events:
- Tuesday 21 February 2023, 3-7pm, HEART Centre, Bennett Road, LS6 3HN.
- Saturday 25 February 2023, 1.30-4.30pm, St Augustine’s Wrangthorn Church, Hyde Park Terrace, LS6 1BJ.
- Tuesday 28 February 2023, 10am-3:30pm, Room 6, Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, LS2 9JZ.
For more information, please refer to the Leeds City Council website.
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