Council looks to extend pedestrianised hours for city centre

Caption; Briggate, Leeds city centre

Leeds City Council is looking at extending the hours that the core shopping area of Leeds city centre is pedestrianised.

Currently vehicles are not allowed on areas such as Briggate, Lands Lane and Commercial Street between 10.30am and 4.30pm. The new proposals being developed suggest that these hours could be extended to 10.30am – 8pm, seven days a week.

The council have started the formal consultation with affected businesses, and this process will end in mid-July.

The city centre has recently seen an increase in footfall, particularly later in the day, and there is a general trend towards evening shopping. The council is keen to make sure that the city centre provides an attractive environment for shoppers and other visitors, and the removal of vehicles in the early evening is a key part of this.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for economy and development, said:

“It is important for Leeds city centre to provide a high-quality shopping and leisure experience for customers, particularly with the challenges posed by online and out-of-town retailing.

“Many stores in Leeds are open until 8pm and we believe that letting vehicles onto our main shopping streets at 4.30pm is simply too early.

“We feel that extending the hours during which the central retail core is pedestrianised is essential in making the area even more attractive for shoppers.

“We originally consulted businesses on the basis of extending the hours to 10am – 6pm, but some of those businesses told us they wanted to continue receiving deliveries in the morning. We therefore decided to alter the hours to 10.30am – 8pm in order to find a balance that all businesses could work with”

For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk