The bottom of Wesley Street is to be closed to traffic from Monday 4 January 2021 as work to create a new cycle lane is rescheduled to avoid congestion when Leeds’s mass Covid-19 vaccination programme starts.
In a letter to Councillors seen by South Leeds Life, Nick Boras, Principal Engineer (Delivery & Localities) at Leeds City Council, explained that work at the junction of Wesley Street and Elland Road was programmed to run for 16 weeks from 5 February, but had just learned that the main community Covid-19 vaccination centre for Leeds will be located in the Elland Road area with vaccinations starting in mid-January.
Following discussion with the contactors it has been decided to bring forward and accelerate the works at the junction, however this will involve a complete road closure. Work at the junction is expected to last 8 weeks from 4 January. It is hoped that this section of the works will be finished before the vaccination centre is running at full flow and fans potentially return to Leeds United matches.
Vehicular access to the Wesley Street area will still be available via the designated diversion routes of:
- Via the Elland Road, A6110 Ring Road, Town Street and Wesley Street from the south; and
- Via Elland Road, Cemetery Road, Beeston Road, Town Street and Wesley Street from the north.
All pedestrian access through the Elland Road/Wesley Street junction will be maintained throughout the working period.
Commenting on the plans, Cllr Gohar Almass (Beeston & Holbeck) said:
“My Councillor colleagues Angela Gabriel, Andrew Scopes and I all live in Beeston so we understand, recognise and empathise with the fact that this work is going to cause a major disruption not only to the residents living in the Wesleys, Sunnyviews etc, but beyond.
“Therefore, it must be ensured that this work is completed within the proposed timescale to assist the access and full flow to the Vaccination Centre when it’s running at its maximum capacity for our local community and also to the visitors and spectators back to Elland Road Stadium.”
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