A65 Kirkstall Road Quality Bus Initiative
The improved A65 was officially opened by Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport , on Wednesday 12 September 2012. An information leaflet was produced for the opening and a copy of the A65 Information Leaflet can be found in the downloads section at the bottom of this page.
The A65 Quality Bus Scheme including 4 km of new bus lanes, covering inbound and outbound journeys, opened on Wednesday 15 August 2012. The new bus lanes feature:
- Bus priority signal arrangements at two major junctions
- Six additional pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities
- Pre-signal arrangements to give buses priority at the exits from the bus lanes
- Improvements to bus passenger facilities, including 11 new bus shelters
- Provision for cyclists to use the new bus lane and enjoy a safer and easier ride
- Real time travel information on the new bus shelters
- New buses from the London 2012 Olympics, with low level access
During construction of the scheme:
- 62 separate diversions of underground services have been undertaken
- 5km of pipes (including 3 km of pipes to drain the road and 2km gas and
water mains diversions) have been laid
- 20km (12.5 miles) of underground ducting, this required almost 100
underground road crossings to accommodate new cables
- 25km of cabling for electric, street lighting, telecoms and traffic signals (plus
10 km of offsite cables) have been laid
- 2 x 80,000 litre drainage tanks, to cope with heavy rainfall/ flash flooding,
have been placed under the new carriageway
A new car park has been constructed, opposite Medina Dairies, next to the City bound
carriageway. This new pay and display car park opened in September 2012 and has over 70 spaces, 5 of which are disabled bays.
The improved A65 – Kirkstall Road
The scheme was developed to provide a high standard of bus service along a highly congested route from Hawksworth Road into Leeds city centre. Travelling by bus along the improved route will be quicker and easier.
Construction work started in April 2010; the inclement weather earlier in the year led to some delays, but a full night shift running for most of July enabled the improved A65 to be opened on budget and on time.
The improvements will link in with the planned new railway stations at Kirkstall Forge and Apperley Bridge, giving people in north west Leeds a more efficient and green transport system.
The A65 scheme is a partnership involving Leeds City Council, Metro and bus operators First, Transdev and Centrebus. It is funded centrally through finance secured from the Department for Transport.
Further information on the improved A65 and exclusive offers for bus users, available from September, can be found at www.easywayleeds.co.uk.