Work will start as planned from 11/5/20.
This is essential work, as defined and supported by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Leeds City Council, and the Department for Transport. It will improve infrastructure in the area now and will support the future economy.
The safety of our workers is our top priority and we’ll continue to follow guidance issued by the Department for Transport. This includes taking steps to enforce social distancing on site and providing enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) where needed.
What does the work involve?
The work starting in May will be to remove a central island on Park Row (outside NatWest Bank). This work will take place on night shifts because they'll need to close the road during the work. Their night shifts will run from 19:00 to 05:00, and they’ll work Monday to Friday. This work will take approximately two weeks to be completed.
Removing this island will involve digging through layers of concrete and there will be periods when it will be noisy. They'll always try to complete any very noisy work by 23:00 each night, and then continue with less noisy tasks throughout the night shift. However, there might be occasions when they need to work through the night to complete noisy work if we need to fully close roads; they can’t do this through the day as buses keep running until 00:00. If they need to work through the night and it’s likely to be noisy, they will inform the Council in advance.
After this, they’ll start work on the main scheme which includes:
How will this affect residents and business?
Most of the work on the main scheme will be done during the day but some work, such as laying new road surfaces, will need to take place overnight when businesses are closed, and traffic can be safely diverted without causing disruption.
This also helps to keep pedestrians safe.
They’ll also need to temporarily close bus stop P3. All buses that normally stop at P3 will use P1 until the work is complete.
You can find out more about which buses will be affected by this at https://www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/scheduled-disruptions/
The Park Row scheme is expected to finish by winter 2020 but please note, dates might be subject to change; they might be accelerated if we’re able to start sooner, but there could be delays caused by other elements of the work.