Bramley and Pudsey transport improvements set for green light

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Improvements to Bramley bus interchange and better walking and cycling links in Pudsey form part of a £7.4 million package of city-wide transport improvements set to be approved next week.

Members of Leeds council’s executive board will decide whether to approve seven projects across Leeds to upgrade existing facilities, improve waiting facilities and travel information as well as encourage walking and cycling links from public transport hubs.

A report to be considered by councillors says:

“Approving these proposals will allow the benefits to the economy, air quality, health and road safety to be realised.”

Bramley Interchange proposals

The Bramley scheme, which will cost about £440,000, aims to increase public transport usage, and manage bus movements more effectively.

The proposed upgrades include:

  • An improved waiting environment and facilities
  • Better travel information, such as real time information screens
  • To provide enhanced, safe, pedestrian routes
  • A new stand D, with pedestrian crossing points
  • To allow buses only to access the interchange to improve safety. This will be enforced by violation cameras
  • To provide segregated loading/ servicing for the shops near the interchange
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Improvements: Bramley Bus Interchange

The main layout change will see stand D relocated to a new road which will be built through the grass which segregates Stocks Hill from Town Street. Two crossings will be added to create safe passage to the new bus stop.

Pudsey walking and cycling links

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New Pudsey Station. Photo: Ian Kirk, used under Creative Commons licence

The £600,000 Pudsey scheme includes proposals to make walking and cycling links in Pudsey more accessible and desirable.

The council report says direct walking and cycling routes between Pudsey Town Centre and New Pudsey Railway Station are limited and not easy to find or follow.

The proposals, which are being put forward by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), will improve the quality of walking and cycling routes through widening and resurfacing some paths, improving crossing points and adding clear signage.

The schemes will be fully funded by government grant for the Connecting Leeds public transport programme with the support of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The footpath from New Pudsey Station to the Owlcotes Centre car park will be widened, among a raft of other measures which are listed here.

Work schedule

Construction of the scheme is due to start in summer of 2020 for completion by summer 2021.

Public consultations over the proposals were carried out in both Bramley and Pudsey last year, and included a public meeting in Bramley and drop-in sessions in Pudsey.

Read the full council report, to be considered on Monday 21 July, here.

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