Have your say on £29m CityConnect cycle route linking Bradford with Leeds (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Have your say on £29m CityConnect cycle route linking Bradford with Leeds
6:00am Tuesday 11th February 2014 in News
People are being urged to have their say about a new £29 million cycling ‘superhighway’ coming through their neighbourhoods.
The 23km route will provide dedicated cycle paths linking Bradford with Leeds and has been given the name CityConnect.
The cycle path will also fork off along Dick Lane to the south and Gain Lane to the north of Leeds Road to serve communities there.
Residential areas alongside sections of the superhighway will be turned into 20mph zones with traffic calming measures.
Public events will be held tomorrow from 7pm to 9pm at St James Church Hall, Galloway Lane, Pudsey; Wednesday, February 19, from 2pm to 6pm at Sunfield Health Centre, Pudsey; and Saturday, February 22, from 10am to 3pm at Pudsey Civic Hall. People can also e-mail email@example.com with their thoughts.
A consultation on the Bradford stretch is expected to begin next month.
Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for housing, planning and transport, said: “CityConnect is an important scheme that will improve connectivity between our two cities and create new opportunities for businesses, jobs, housing and health.
“We will be carrying out consultation right along the route and I will certainly be ensuring that people in Bradford have their say when we start to consult on that stage at the start of March.”
The project won an £18 million grant from the Department for Transport last year, with extra cash coming from West Yorkshire transport authority Metro and other schemes.
There will also be a separate route along an upgraded Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.
Metro chairman Councillor James Lewis said: “CityConnect will transform cycling between and within our cities and by providing people with more safe and attractive travel options will help to reduce congestion on our roads with the subsequent economic benefit that brings.”
It is hoped the project will be completed by summer 2015.