South Leeds residents are invited to give feedback on updated plans for £13million improvements to develop one of West Yorkshire’s main travel routes.
The route runs from Mirfield to Dewsbury to Leeds (referred to as M2D2L) encompassing the A644 and A653 and serves 600,000 local residents, as well as major employment and retail sites.
The plans include works on the section of the A653 Dewsbury Road between the White Rose Shopping Centre and the Tommy Wass junction. These will extend the Dewsbury Road cycle route through to the White Rose Shopping Centre, office park and new White Rose rail station; create an outbound bus lane between Hunslet Fire Station and the Tommy Wass junction; as well as improving pavements and crossings for pedestrians.
The plans, which have been developed in partnership between Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council, with the support of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, include new road layouts and updates which will improve both congestion and sustainable transport opportunities, with improvements for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
In 2020, the first consultation on this project received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the public. However, concerns were raised about new cycling guidance which was not fully established at the time.
Updated plans have now been made with this new guidance taken into consideration, largely thanks to residents who gave feedback on the project last year.
The consultation is open until Tuesday 7 December 2021. Anyone affected by updates to the M2D2L can view the plans and have their say on the new and improved plans at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.
You can download the revised plans for Section F (White Rose to Dewsbury Road) here: M2D2L Consultation Section F (21MB)
You can also get involved at an online event on Thursday 18 November between 5 and 6pm. For more details, visit www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, says:
“The planned improvements will speed up journey times for people accessing one of the region’s busiest travel routes, offering greener, more sustainable travel options.
“We value the feedback of those that the improvement works will impact, so we’re really encouraging residents to have their say and share their views on the plans on this key route.”
Councillor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Infrastructure and Climate at Leeds City Council, says:
“I would like to thank everyone who has already provided valuable feedback on these proposals last year. These proposals provide new dedicated facilities for walking and cycling, between White Rose and Beeston, plus new bus priority lanes and gates. It will also make walking and cycling routes between Leeds City Centre and the new White Rose station, which is under construction, better and more attractive. The upgrades will also join up with the recently completed CityConnect cycling route on Dewsbury Road and the A6110 Outer Ring Road, helping to expand and improve our cities cycling routes.
“With the climate emergency and Covid-19 economic recovery, it’s more important than ever we continue to invest in projects like this, so we can help connect people to jobs, leisure and other services and meet our wider ambition of being a city you don’t need to own a car, alongside all the green and health benefits that this brings.
“It’s important we hear from as many voices as possible on the work we do, so I would urge everyone to make their views known through this consultation.”
Leeds City Council and Kirklees Council will be working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver the £13million improvements which are to be funding from the West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund and developer contributions. Works are planned to begin in late 2022.
With the addition of new bus lanes, cycle tracks, footways and pedestrian crossings, as well as upgraded bus stops dubbed ‘super-stops’, the improved provision for sustainable transport should be another step towards the partners collective goal of making West Yorkshire completely carbon-neutral by 2038.
This post is base on a press release issued by Kirklees Council