Upgrade for Leeds cycle path damaged in floods

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A riverside cycle route in Leeds that was damaged by flooding in 2015 has been repaired and improved by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, writes Patrick McDonnell. The new path, linking the Royal Armouries and Liberty Dock student accommodation, is now wider, with a tarmac surface suitable for people on foot or bike.

The path will be managed by Leeds Community Foundation, with support from the Canal & River Trust and South Bank Leeds. Funding came from the Leeds Flood Appeal grant.

This section of the riverside is popular with 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, Sutrans’ 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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