Council chiefs have approved a £221,850 package to concert cameras originally meant for the aborted Clean Air Zone project into Bus Priority Enforcement Cameras.
A total of 29 council-owned cameras out of the 250 originally meant for the Clean Air Zone – including two in West Leeds on the A647 – will be re-purposed.
The Zone in Leeds was scrapped last October and would have seen higher-polluting lorries, taxis and buses charged a fee for entering the city centre and other parts of the city.
A council report authorising the camera conversions says:
“The anticipated benefits of using efficient enforcement cameras will maximise the available funding to create improvements to the Leeds transport network.
“It has the potential to contribute to the Vision for Leeds to be the best city in the UK and the Best Council Plan 2020/21 priorities for inclusive growth, sustainable infrastructure and becoming a child-friendly city.”
There will be two cameras re-purposed on the A647 at a cost of £15,300, four on the A621 South costing £30,600, two at Stourton Park and Ride, nine on both the Headrow and at the Corn Exchange costing £68,000 at each location and three on Infirmary Street/Park Row.
As previously reported by WLD, work to the A647 Corridor – which runs from Thornbury Roundabout, past Dawsons Corner in Pudsey to the Armley Gyratory – will include the creation of new bus priority works that council chiefs hope will shave up to six minutes off bus journeys.
The report can be read in full here.