Cycle route improved after floods

cycle and walking route at Royal armouries

The upgraded cycle and walking route is half a metre wider than the previous path

2015 floods affected many cycle routes

Many cycle and walking routes around Leeds were damaged by floods in 2015.

The new tarmac path is perfect for cycling and walking, and links to several routes around the city, and is already being well-used by students and commuters

26 July 2017

A popular riverside cycle route between the Royal Armouries and Liberty Dock student accommodation, which was damaged by the Boxing Day floods of 2015, has been repaired and improved by our team in Yorkshire.

The new upgraded path is now a wider, smooth tarmac surface suitable for people on foot or bike and was built thanks to a Leeds Flood Appeal grant, managed by Leeds Community Foundation with support from the Canal and River Trust and South Bank Leeds.

This section of the riverside is well-used by students accessing the city centre, as well as for recreational cycling along the National Cycle routes of the Trans Pennine Trail and Route 66. Sustrans improved 220 metres of path and the team plans further flood repairs further along the path.

Steven Best, our Project manager in Yorkshire, said:

“Cycle routes around Leeds took a battering during the 2015 floods so we’re delighted to access funding to make these improvements. The new tarmac path is perfect for cycling and walking, and links to several routes around the city, and is already being well-used by students and commuters. The new surface should also make it more resilient to any future flooding.

“There are still several other routes which need repairs so we continue to look for partners who can help to finance this work and develop the city’s growing cycle network.”  

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