By John Baron
Plans for a new foot and cycling bridge over the Outer Ring Ring to improve links between Calverley, Rodley and Farsley have been submitted to the council for approval.
The bridge, part of the £23 million Connecting West Leeds project between Horsforth and Pudsey, would be sited at the junction between Calverley Lane and the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road.
The bridge will be accessed via a spiral ramp on each side provide easy access for people walking, wheeling and cycling.
On the western side, the ramp will provide a connection with the existing footway and carriageway on Calverley Lane. On the eastern side, the ramp will join with a proposed new route proposed along the side of the ring road as part of the Connecting West Leeds project.
A planning statement submitted with the application noted the ‘high number of speed-related collisions’ at the location.
It added: “The bridge will play a key role in addressing health inequalities by restoring a significant and historic connection for people walking, wheeling, and cycling between the communities of Calverley and Farsley, which was severed in the 1970s when the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road was built.
“It is anticipated the proposed development will result in increased active travel in the area, not only in making new connections between communities, but in tying in with existing active travel and health opportunities, with better health outcomes, reductions to congestion and local air quality improvements.”
Pudsey Conservative MP Stuart Andrew and West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin have both voiced their support for the scheme. Around £20m for the scheme was provided by the Government.
The plans can be viewed in full here.