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Changes to Leeds City Centre you Could Have Missed in Lockdown

Due to having to work from home, there have been many changes to Leeds City Centre that have gone unnoticed by the public.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our daily lives, typically you’d have seen groups of children on their way to school alongside the busy commuters on their way to work. However, the streets have been deserted and key developments gone unnoticed.

The Headrow

If you walked The Headrow prior to lockdown, you’d have been lots of barriers and scaffolding. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority backed the £20 million development to made The Headrow easier and safer to cycle on the road and for the buses by changing the street layout creating lots of new space.

Briggate Pop Up Park

If you walked The Headrow prior to lockdown, you’d have been lots of barriers and scaffolding. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority backed the £20 million development to made The Headrow easier and safer to cycle on the road and for the buses by changing the street layout creating lots of new space.

Briggate Pop Up Park

SOYO Appartments

Next to Leeds Playhouse, developers Moda Living are building two c-shaped 16-storey tower blocks containing 515 apartments. The site will also include a spacious public courtyard between the building, rooftop terraces, shared offices, health and wellbeing facilities and shops at ground floor level.

The project is part of a huge £300 million development known as SOYO Leeds.

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Regent Street Flyover

The flyover, which was first opened in the 1960s, is undergoing a £31 million upgrade project across two year to improve the deteriorated state of the bridge making it safer for both pedestrians and drivers.

The A64(M) Leeds Inner Ring Road has been reduced from four lanes to two in order to accommodate the work going ahead along with the closure of the New York Road tunnel and St Mary’s Street.

Regent Street Flyover

COVID Measures

If you have managed to avoid Leeds City Centre for a number of months, then you will be surprised on your return to see giant signs encouraging public hygiene to wash your hands, wear face masks and sanitiser stations. You will also be asked by various shop staff to have ‘Covid Sense’ before entering the shops.