Final phase of City Square work begins today

City Square, Leeds

The final phase of construction at City Square in Leeds begins today, continuing changes designed to remove general through-traffic away from the city centre.

The works should be completed in August, 11 months after the transformation of the site began.

The latest phase includes work that will close New Station Street, moving the station’s taxi rank to Princes Square from Thursday. At the same time the pedestrian route from the railway station’s main entrance to City Square will also be blocked, for essential maintenance work to reinforce the Mill Goit underground structure beneath the street.

Cllr Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and climate, said: “The works on City Square represent a major change for the highway network in the city centre, and we continue to work hard to manage this as effectively as possible, minimising disruption and ensuring the safety of those working on site and members of the public.

“The work now enters the final phase, which supports our ambition to create infrastructure and spaces which favour healthier and more sustainable methods of travel, diverting some general traffic away from the city centre..”

The final phase includes the creation of a bus gate on East Parade, which will start operating next month.

There will also be changes to a section of East Parade to make it two-way to traffic. Calverley Street will also see changes from one-way northbound to two-way.

This next phase will facilitate works to the immediate area in front of the Queens Hotel to create a new pick-up and drop-off facility, with limited access, to complete by August.

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