Leeds City Centre Cycle Superhighway works back underway: New contractor to deliver segregated cycle route

Work on the Leeds City Centre Cycle Superhighway has recommenced, with new contractor Colas appointed by Leeds City Council to complete the ambitious project, being delivered in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme.

Leeds City Council has been working to appoint a new contractor since the previous contract with Carillon was terminated in January 2018. This has now been awarded to Colas and works will restart immediately.

The scheme will deliver a safe high-quality segregated cycle route through Leeds City Centre extending the existing Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway, which is the longest segregated route in the UK.

The existing 23km cycle superhighway will be extended along Wellington Street towards City Square, from Queen Street to Westgate and from north to south along the line of St Peter’s, making it safer, easier and faster to move around the city by bike.

[caption id="attachment_3290" align="alignnone" width="450"] Artist's impression of Wellington Street[/caption]

Leeds City Council has been working to ensure that contractors previously employed on the project will continue to have a role on the scheme within new contractor, Colas. Any cost of delays to the project has also been covered by the previous contractor, Carillion, through a performance bond.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, chair of Transport Committee within West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “I’m delighted that this important project to provide Leeds with high quality, safe cycle routes through the city centre is back on the ground.

"Through the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, we support the robust approach that our partners at Leeds City Council have taken in responding to a national issue to ensure that this excellent project will be delivered as quickly as possible, creating more opportunity for people to travel around Leeds in a sustainable way, while ensuring those workers who have built the scheme so far will remain employed.”

The improvements to cycling infrastructure and provision forms part of a strategic vision, helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality by making cycling and walking a more attractive option. Integrated with plans for the city’s South Bank, this is the first step in making Leeds City Centre fully accessible for cyclists and pedestrians.

The works are expected to be complete in Spring 2019. Find our more about the Leeds City Centre improvements.