Further precautionary steps taken to manage unauthorised vehicle access to pedestrianised areas of city centre

Pedestrian Zone Leeds
Pedestrian zones are areas of a city reserved for pedestrian-only use and in which most or all automobile traffic may be prohibited.

Temporary manual gates to support the existing vehicle access restrictions in place on pedestrianised areas of Leeds city centre have been installed.

The gates will be in operation from 10.30am to 7pm every day and will help control unauthorised vehicular access into restricted pedestrianised areas during the festive period. The seven gates will provide another level of additional security and safety during busy shopping periods in the run up to Christmas and the New Year. Undertaken as a precautionary measure, this work will also provide extra reassurance to visitors, businesses and local residents.

A review of the gates will be undertaken by Leeds City Council and partners including the police in the New Year. A scheme to install a permanent bollard system in the city centre area, approved by the council earlier in the year, will be implemented in 2018.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“The installation of these seven gates will add an additional layer of enforcement and safety to restrictions already currently in place in the city centre, and mean that during busy shopping periods no unauthorised vehicles will be able to access to certain pedestrianised areas unless express permission is given.

“This is part of our ongoing planned programme of work, which will see a permanent bollard system introduced in the city centre next year.”

The gates are in place at:

  • Top of Briggate.
  • Kirkgate junction with Central Rd.
  • Albion Street junction with Butts Court.
  • Lower Albion Street.
  • Bottom of Briggate.
  • Lands Lane.
  • King Edward Street.