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Connecting Leeds seeks views on The Corn Exchange City Centre Gateway

Revealed today (8th October 2019) are updated plans to transform The Corn Exchange City Centre Gateway.

The Council's Connecting Leeds team are consulting on transport plans which cover an area around The Corn Exchange and adjoining streets, including Call Lane, Lower Briggate and Meadow Lane.

The aim is to improve bus reliability and ensure they can navigate easily through the city centre. It also will enhance the quality of the city centre by increasing public space and improving walking and cycling.

Last summer's feedback on the initial concepts for the City Centre Gateways was positive. Around 76 per cent of those who responded, supported The Corn Exchange scheme. These proposals now further developed address bus service reliability, cycle safety, accessibility, pedestrian comfort, more greenery and quality of the public realm.

Some bus stops will be relocated to better areas with wider footways for passengers to wait. Bus-only restrictions will be put in place to create more space and be extended to improve bus journey time reliability. The proposals are consistent with the Council's 'Our Spaces Strategy.'

By improving bus reliability and punctuality, The Corn Exchange scheme will help increase public transport use, in line with the council's target of doubling the number of bus users in ten years.

Local businesses, residents and general public can have their say online by visiting: www.Leeds.gov.uk/ConnectingLeeds by 4 November.

An event to share the new designs, plans and improvements to Leeds Bus Station, will take place 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday 14 October, at The Corn Exchange. Other opportunities to view these plans are available, with events at Leeds Bus Station from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday 22 October, and 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 24 October.

The plans cover investment to improve the heart of the city centre with the work scheduled to complete by March 2021. They include:

· The Corn Exchange and Call Lane

· Vicar Lane

· Lower Briggate and Duncan Street

· Swinegate junction

· New York Street, York Street and Kirkgate

· Bridge End and Leeds Bridge

· Meadow Lane

· Boar Lane

These improvements are part of Connecting Leeds, the council's transport strategy for the city. Connecting Leeds are working with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, partners and stakeholders to improve all aspects of the transport network in Leeds and connecting to the wider Leeds City Region. The scheme's funded through the £270 million Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme which will also improve local air quality and encourage active travel.

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