Leeds residents are being called upon to voice their opinions in a newly initiated public consultation concerning transportation alternatives connecting the heart of the city to the Hyde Park and Woodhouse districts.

Participants are invited to highlight existing challenges, suggest desired alterations, and pinpoint which proposed enhancements should be prioritized in a comprehensive 2km route spanning Woodhouse Lane and Albion Street from St Mark’s Road to the Headrow in the city centre. Additionally, the initiative covers the southern segment of the A660, linking the city centre to Hyde Park and Headingley.

This pivotal route encompasses three of the city’s universities and hosts popular establishments such as The Light, Merrion Centre, and St John’s Centre. Serving as a frequented pathway from the city centre to surrounding locales, including Adel, Cookridge, and Bramhope, the area plays a vital role in connecting communities.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for sustainable development and infrastructure, said; “The Woodhouse Lane Gateway is a busy route serving the city centre and neighbouring areas of Hyde Park and Woodhouse. We already know that lots of you travel in sustainable ways along the route, and we want to make it safer and easier to do so.

“We are committed to eliminating road deaths and serious injuries on Leeds roads by 2040 as part of our Vision Zero strategy, and this is just one of our schemes that aims to make it safer for people to walk, wheel, or cycle to get around.

“I’d urge everyone to have their say in the consultation. By letting us know what issues you experience along the route, we’ll be able to prioritise the improvements to make it a safer, more welcoming space for everyone.”

This scheme is being developed by Leeds City Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said; “We are investing in improvements to walking, cycling and bus routes around Woodhouse and into Leeds city centre.

“I’d urge people to have their say and help us shape these plans as we create a better-connected West Yorkshire.”

Despite being a popular route for students and frequented by pedestrians, cyclists, and bus commuters, the Woodhouse Lane Gateway faces challenges such as congestion, affecting bus journey times and posing difficulties for pedestrians and cyclists. The area has witnessed 98 reported casualties, including 23 serious collisions, since 2016.

Feedback collected from residents, businesses, and regular users will inform plans for a safer and more welcoming area. Further public consultations are anticipated later this year.

Interested parties are encouraged to share their insights before the consultation deadline at 11.59 pm on Monday, 19 February. Additional details and a brief survey can be accessed at woodhouselanegateway.commonplace.is.

A drop-in event is scheduled at Leeds City Museum on Wednesday, 31 January, from 10 am to 4 pm. Paper surveys can be requested via connectingleeds@leeds.gov.uk or 0113 336 8868.