First Leeds diverts services to support city hospitality revival from lockdown
First Leeds has been working closely with the transport planning team at Leeds City Council to support the city centre’s recovery from lockdown and the re-opening of hospitality.
The bus operator has announced that from this Friday evening (23 April) and Saturday 24 April diversions will be in place from 7:00pm-4:00am to enable a section of Call Lane from its junction with The Calls to the intersection of Duncan Street/Cloth Hall Street to be temporarily pedestrianised and cater for outdoor drinking and eating at the area’s many bars and restaurants.
The diversion will be repeated on Friday and Saturday evenings up to and including the 14/15 of May, when the Roadmap from lockdown is expected to allow hospitality indoors from Monday 17 May.
First Leeds services affected by the route change are: 2/3/3A/12/13/13A/51/52. Buses travelling south of the city centre to Middleton and Morley will divert to New Market Street, Duncan Street, Boar Lane, Mill Hill, Neville Street, Great Wilson Street (Stop Z5) and then to Meadow Lane or Hunslet Lane to resume the normal route. Northbound journeys entering the area will remain unchanged as these travel past the end of the temporary pedestrian area where Call Lane meets Swinegate and continue.
First Leeds is advising customers they may experience longer journey times or delays due to traffic. Paul Moses, Network Officer, said: “We anticipate that the roads should be quieter during the evening and will do all we can to minimise any disruption. We appreciate the patience of our customers while these diversions are in place to support the recovery of the Leeds evening economy.”
Details of the services and route alterations can be found by visiting the First Leeds website https://www.firstbus.co.uk/leeds and are also available on the WY Metro website https://www.wymetro.com/buses/