Trojan Horse Bus Consultation

The first I knew about Connecting Leeds was an email I received on the 19th June 2018 inviting me to attend the launch of a “bus consultation” called Connecting Leeds. It sounded harmless and so I decided not to attend as I was busy. I...

Highway Robbery

The Adel to Leeds section includes the following proposals: Removing 7 metres from the grass verge on the other side of Otley Old Road from the YMCA. Placing lights at the junction of Otley Road and Otley Old Road. Otley Old Road is a quiet...

Congestion Charging

On the 5th June 2013, at a public meeting at Heart in Headingley, a lady said that the council could solve congestion on the A660 by introducing congestion charging. The head of the Highways Department, Councillor Richard Lewis, asked those in favour of congestion charging...

A Tale of Two Wards

Councillor Richard Lewis is the head of the Highways Department. He is also a Pudsey councillor. In 2005, Councillor Lewis was responsible for saving an avenue of trees in a Pudsey park, which, but for his action, would have been cut down, as this Yorkshire...

Stuck in the Past

Leeds City Council’s Highways Department appears to be fixated on the A660. Since 1937, the department has come up with numerous schemes to improve traffic flow along the road. The most recent of these was the trolleybus scheme.The regurgitation of many of the trolleybus proposals...

The Consultants

In September 2017, Insider Media published an article which stated that Leeds City Council had appointed consultants WSP as the development partner for Connecting Leeds. The article quotes Adrian Hames, director at WSP, as saying: “This is a significant win for WSP as it brings...