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Leeds starts social distancing measures in local centres

Coronavirus: Consultation with ward councillors has shaped walking and cycling measures

Mark Moran
27 May 2020
Social distancing measures on Albion Street, Morley
Social distancing measures on Albion Street, Morley

 

Leeds City Council has started to implement social distancing measures to support cycling and walking in local centres.

The works are designed to protect public health across the city as part of the council’s response to COVID-19 and the government lifting some restrictions.

The council will temporarily extend pathways to enable social distancing so that people can safely access local shops and centres, or pass by those queuing to enter shops. The measures are being introduced following consultation with local ward councillors.

The works are designed to protect public health across the city as part of the council’s response to COVID-19 and the government lifting some restrictions.

The first phase of social distancing measures were introduced earlier this month in Leeds city centre.

The latest phase of works, which commenced on 26 May, take place in the local centres of Otley, Chapel Allerton, Armley and Morley. They will see social distancing signs and approximately 550 metres of barriers installed.

These measures will be to temporarily extend pathways to enable social distancing so that people can safely access local shops and centres or pass by those queuing to enter shops. The measures are being introduced following consultation with local ward councillors.

Over the coming weeks, phase three will see social distancing measures rolled out to all the remaining local centres. In addition, new narrow bridge crossing signs are also being created to warn and prompt people to keep left when walking to cross over narrow bridges.

The council has also launched an interactive website to share details of planned measures and to enable residents to have their say. This is to improve social distancing and active travel, on main roads, in local neighbourhoods and around schools. Residents can give their views by visiting: https://leedscovidsuggestascheme.commonplace.is

“Many residents have commented on the benefit of seeing less traffic on our roads during lockdown and there has been a significant reduction in air pollution and an increase in people walking and cycling,” said Cllr Lisa Mulherin, executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development.

“It is essential for us to support people to safely get out and about on foot in their town centres and neighbourhoods. Wider footways will make it possible for people to safely access workplaces if they cannot work from home or schools for those children who are returning to their school setting, for exercise and to make essential journeys to other facilities like food shops or pharmacies.

“As the government continues to announce further plans to ease out of the lockdown, we’re prioritising action locally to promote walking and cycling. These measures will not only enable people to move around safely now, but will contribute to a sustained lowering of our carbon footprint, help to maintain improvements in air quality and improve the health of our residents for the longer term.”


 
 
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