Have Your Say
Leeds City Council is proposing to make changes to Harrogate Road between Stainbeck Lane and Chapeltown Road to improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, to assist public transport and support local needs to improve safety for all road users.
The draft scheme proposals for these improvements have now been circulated by the City Council to get the views of local people and those who use Harrogate Road.
The proposals and plans for both options can be seen in the downloads section below.
The Current Situation
Over the past 6 years there have been 38 accidents of which 5 (13%) involved Pedestrians and 12 (32%) involved pedal cycles.
Studies have also identified Harrogate Road Southbound as a major source of delay for buses in the busy Morning Period.
What is Being Proposed?
In the downloads section below you will find 2 options showing the draft proposals. Both proposals include additional pedestrian crossing points, parking areas and a bus/cycle/taxi lane to operate during the busy morning period (07:30-09:30am). Careful consideration to the materials used will be given, in particularly because, part of this route is within a conservation area. Options to include some environmental improvements such as planting and landscaping are also being investigated, though these are subject to different sources of funding. The key differences are illustrated below:-
Two additional uncontrolled crossing points with central pedestrian islands, one near the petrol station and one near the Primary School.
Southbound, cyclists will be able to use the bus/cycle/taxi lane at all times.
Northbound, no dedicated cycle lane, but a wide general lane to share with all traffic. Advance stop lines at the Potternewton Road Junction.
A bus/cycle/taxi lane will operate during the busy morning period 07:30-09:30am in the southbound direction. At other times and locations, the buses will be running with general traffic.
Southbound, much of the existing parking is to remain in lay-bys behind the bus/cycle/taxi lane. This parking can be accessed at anytime. 4 additional parking spaces will be provided near the petrol station outside the bus/cycle/taxi lane operating times. 4 parking spaces will be removed near Church Lane to aid the left turning traffic. To accommodate the footway build-out for the school crossing point, 2 parking spaces would be removed.
Northbound, 4 parking spaces will be removed to aid visibility when exiting from Lidl car park.
- General Traffic
Generally, no change to the existing use, other than they will be able to use the bus/cycle/taxi lane outside of the morning period and some right turn boxes included to aid maneuvers.
Generally the same as Option 1, other than no central pedestrian island near the School.
Southbound, same as Option 1.
Northbound, dedicated cycle lane with on-street parking removed.
Same as Option 1.
Southbound, the same as Option 1.
Northbound, sections of existing parking would be removed, 29 spaces in total, so a dedicated cycle lane could be implemented.
- General Traffic
Same as Option 1.
The public consultation was carried out November/December 2012 and has now been summarized. Thank you for your comments and answering the questionnaire. The factual results report for the consultation is now available for your viewing in the download section of this webpage. The results show:-
The main form of transport along Harrogate Road is the private vehicle. The main problem areas are traffic congestion, the conditions for cyclists and the delays to bus services. Overall problems with these types of transport are of greater concern than the amount of parking in the area. Businesses have the highest problem with the parking conditions and number of spaces.
The results from local residents show that 82% support a change to the highway layout and only 18% wanting it to remain unchanged. The non local residents results show 89% support a change to the highway and only 11% wanting it to remain unchanged. The business results show that 53% support a change to the highway and 47% want the highway to remain unchanged.
All the comments received will now be reviewed and where possible incorporated in a combined proposal. It is anticipated that the revised proposed option will be published for viewing towards the end of April.
If you need this information in another language please call (0113) 222 4407 or e-mail Travelwise@leeds.gov.uk