Leeds City Council have released a new animation which shows how the £30m Headrow scheme will look once completed in spring 2021.
The scheme forms part of the Connecting Leeds programme which is set to transform transport in the city centre into world-class gateways for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, while continuing to provide access for businesses. Public realm improvements, bus priority measures, more greenery, safer cycle ways and crossings and wider pavements are just some of the benefits of the project.
The scheme started almost a year ago and in that time great progress has been made with large areas of paving on the southern footpaths completed (almost 2.5 miles of paving or 11,900 paving slabs) and nine shipping container sized tree pits dug out in preparation for the first semi-mature trees to be planted.
As well as this, over 6,000 tonnes of waste materials have been removed from site and recycled at a nearby recycling plant.
District Heating pipes have been successfully installed between Eastgate and Oxford Place which will transfer energy from waste processed at the Veolia RERF facility. They will eventually provide low carbon heat and water for some businesses and major city centre public buildings including the museum, Town Hall and Civic Hall in addition to almost 1000 homes that have already been connected to the scheme in Leeds.
With over 100 buses passing through The Headrow every hour, it’s a busy stretch of road. Reducing the number of cars will ensure that buses will be more reliable which will in turn encourage more people on to public transport as it becomes a more efficient way of getting in and out of the city.