Major work to resurface the roads around the Corn Exchange area will start next week as part of a £25million project being carried out by Connecting Leeds.
To resurface the road, 50mm of existing road surface will be removed, the drainage covers and manhole lids will be re-set and the white lines and other road markings will be repainted.
While works are ongoing the roads will be closed from 8pm and will re-open at 5am each morning. The pavements will still be open and businesses in the area will be open as usual.
The schedule of work will be as follows:
- Lower Briggate – Monday 4 October – Thursday 7 October
- Boar Lane – Wednesday 6 October – Friday 8 October
- Meadow Lane – Sunday 10 October – Thursday 14 October
- Duncan Street and Boar Lane – Sunday 17 October – Thursday 21 October
- New Market Street and Vicar Lane – Sunday 24 October – Thursday 28 October
- Kirkgate – Sunday 31 October – Thursday 4 November
- York Street – Sunday 7 November – Thursday 11 November
- Swinegate Junction – Sunday 14 November – Wednesday 17 November
Once the scheme is completed by early spring 2022, the area will benefit from wider pavements, safer pedestrian facilities, and bus, cycle, and pedestrian priority measures. The highways work forms part of the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme which will see £173.5m investment into public transport and road improvements in the city.
There is also significant progress being made on the Corn Exchange public realm scheme. The work, which is running alongside the highways work, will see the creation of a new welcoming public space outside the Corn Exchange building, with more space for outdoor seating, alfresco dining and more greenery and street furniture. The public realm scheme will be part funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority under the Government’s Getting Building Fund.
While resurfacing work is taking place, the council is urging people to plan journeys in advance to avoid disruption by visiting the WYMetro website.
Councillor Helen Hayden, executive member for infrastructure and climate said:
“I’m delighted to see this scheme reach its next phase and another step towards completion – giving our fantastic Corn Exchange building the surroundings it deserves.
“Although we anticipate this next phase of work will be disruptive, our contractors will make every effort to keep noise to a minimum. We would like to thank people for their patience and ask that people continue to plan ahead to experience minimal disruption to their journey.”