An update on the Connecting Leeds Corn Exchange scheme as work to regenerate Kirkgate starts.: CornExchange AerialView 01-3

16 Jul 2021

An update on the Connecting Leeds Corn Exchange scheme as work to regenerate Kirkgate starts.

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A £25million highways project set to transform the area around the city’s Corn Exchange building and improve the bus network has been progressing at pace since last year.

Now, work to regenerate the historic Kirkgate has started and people can look forward to a new mini public realm, wider pavements and upgraded bus shelters.

The Corn Exchange scheme, which complements other projects such as the Headrow and Cookridge Street transformation, is all part of the Connecting Leeds programme which aims to reduce through traffic in the city, improve journey times and create more appealing alternatives to the car. The scheme will introduce priority measures for pedestrians, cyclists and buses, safer crossings and segregated cycle facilities all while improving the public realm in key areas. 

The project, which will contribute towards tackling the climate emergency and the council’s ambition to increase bus patronage, is currently running alongside another regeneration project which will transform the area directly in front of the Corn Exchange into a green space suitable for events and outdoor seating.

As part of the Connecting Leeds programme, Meadow Lane is also undergoing a complete overhaul and the four-way carriageway will be reduced into a two-way road making much needed space for the new city park (which is due to be complete by next year).

Once complete early next year the Corn Exchange area and Meadow Lane will act as a key gateway for people visiting the new South Bank.

Further information can be found on our website.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and climate said:

“It’s fantastic to see this project progressing well. I would like to thank anyone that’s been impacted by the works so far for your patience during any disruption caused and I know that the work we are doing here will make a positive difference to Leeds when it's complete.

"The ambitious plans to reduce the highway on Meadow Lane in favour of creating green space will aim to help the council meet our Best City ambition by creating an opportunity for a world class public space that improves the environment, encourages more city centre living and provides better walking and cycling routes. This work forms part of the works we have already done to transform the city centre into an even better place to visit, building on the work done on the newly transformed Headrow and Cookridge Street.

"Leeds City Council has set targets to become net zero by 2030 and we are hopeful that schemes such as this one will help us achieve them.”

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Charley Richardson
Leeds City Council