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Plan ahead for Bishopgate Street and Neville Street lane closures – 23 May onwards

Motorists travelling into Leeds city centre are being encouraged to plan their journeys in advance as the first stage of works to Bishopgate Street and Neville Street begin shortly.

From week commencing 23 May, Bishopgate Street and Neville Street will both be reduced to one lane for traffic travelling in towards the city centre.

The lane closures are expected to last until the end of the year, and will allow for preliminary works to be carried out ahead of the major improvements to the main entrance to Leeds City Station being delivered as part of the Transforming Cities Fund Leeds Station Sustainable Travel Gateway scheme.

The lane closures also come ahead of proposed work to close City Square to through traffic, which is expected to begin from later this year subject to final approval.

Leeds City Council and its partners will be working to keep any disruption to a minimum, and businesses in the area will be open as usual with access maintained. However the works are likely to lead to congestion for vehicles travelling into the city centre along Bishopgate Street and Neville Street.

Motorists who would normally drive into the city using these roads are encouraged to plan their journeys and consider alternative ways to travel.

This could include:

  • Using Park and Ride schemes such as Stourton, Elland Road and Temple Green.
  • Travelling by bus or rail.
  • Cycling or walking into the city.
  • Motorists who have no option other than to drive should consider travelling outside of peak times where possible, or use alternative routes into the city such as using Junction 4 of the M621 instead of Junction 3 and also Junction 2, which is likely to be affected by ongoing works on the Armley Gyratory.

To prepare for this closure and subsequent works, Leeds visitors, workers and residents are being urged to plan ahead (search Plan Ahead Leeds or visit www.leeds.gov.uk/planahead) before travelling and to sign up for regular email updates or follow Connecting Leeds on social media.

There will also be highways signage, with targeted communications in affected areas.

Posted on 10th May 2022

by Chris Oates