Decision details

City Centre Transformation - Enabling Schemes (Highways)

Reference: D54029

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Executive Board will be asked to:

a)  Approve the outline design for the highway proposals for City Square

b)  Approve the preliminary design of Armley Gyratory subject to any changes arising from Planning conditions or the detailed design process;

c)  Note the delivery with a target completion date of December 2022.


Further to Minute No. 79, 18th November 2020, the Director of City Development submitted a report which sought approval of the outline highway design concept for the closure of City Square and its subsequent implementation in readiness for the Year of Culture. The report also sought approval of the preliminary design and implementation of Armley Gyratory, subject to any Planning conditions and detailed design changes.


Regarding the potential inclusion of water features within the design for the City Square proposals, Members were assured that the images within the submitted report were indicative only and that the related design competition continued. However, should water features be included in the final design it was acknowledged that appropriate due diligence would need to be undertaken and resource allocated to ensure the long term maintenance of them. On this point, the Director of City Development offered to provide relevant Executive Members with further information regarding the specific challenges of maintaining public water features, if required.


In relation to the proposals, a Member highlighted the importance of ensuring that they did not deter visitors to the city centre via car or any other means of transport. Also, an enquiry was raised regarding how the proposals would impact upon the flow of traffic in the city centre and how they would affect air quality. In response, it was noted that detailed transport modelling work on issues such as air quality would continue as part of the respective Combined Authority and planning processes. Also, it was highlighted that the proposals would aim to maximise ‘movement capacity’ for all forms of transport, with it being emphasised that the proposals did not aim to stop cars from accessing the city centre.


Specifically regarding the proposals for Armley Gyratory, a Member highlighted the issue of users’ safety, with reference being made to those accessing the Gyratory via active travel and also when considering female users’ safety. In response, it was confirmed that such matters were being taken into consideration as part of the design work, with reference being made to landscaping, lighting, connectivity and users’ general visibility when travelling through the Gyratory. In conclusion, it was noted that Executive Members’ suggestions regarding the design proposals would be welcomed.



(a)  That in the context of previous decisions taken by Executive Board, and as outlined within the submitted report, the outline design for the closure of City Square to through traffic, as per the plan in Appendix 1, including the indicated bus and taxi only restrictions, be approved, with it being noted that at the discretion of the Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation), there may be further adjustments to the design in order to respond to stakeholders’ needs and the proposed public consultation;


(b)  That the preliminary design of Armley Gyratory, as shown in Appendix 1 to the submitted report and as presented in the recent engagement, be approved, subject to any changes arising from Planning conditions or the detailed design process;


(c)  That it be noted that the City Square closure (highway works) and Armley Gyratory are to be fully funded from the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund;


(d)  That the importance of the delivery of the Highways England M621 Road Investment Strategy (RIS) scheme (Junctions 1 to 7) for the realisation of the city centre vision, be noted;


(e)  That it be noted that the Chief Officer (Highways and Transportation) is responsible for the associated programme delivery, with a target completion date of December 2022.

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Wards Affected: Armley; Beeston and Holbeck; Hunslet and Riverside; Little London and Woodhouse;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Armley Gyratory


Between February and April 2018 - asked for feedback on perceptions of the need for change and the principle of an improvement scheme.

Between August and Monday September 2019 - a second consultation, this time on the preliminary design which enabled local stakeholders and the wider public to view and comment on the proposed development.


Between March and April 2021 - to update stakeholders and those involved in previous rounds of consultation on the changes made to the preliminary design, the process includes:

Online Consultation via Commonplace

Audio, Video and Screen sharing meetings and briefings (due to Covid-19)

Delivery of leaflets to resident and businesses

Outreach Activity (for hard to reach and minority groups)


City Square

We are currently undertaking a targeted engagement exercise with key Stakeholders, and residents and businesses that are directly affected by the scheme. We are seeking comments on the proposals and to understand if there are any concerns regarding servicing and access to properties.

A comprehensive public engagement exercise will be undertaken in the summer following Local and Mayoral elections.


Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development

Ward Councillors

Highways England

Network Rail

Local Residents and Businesses

Internal Officers

Cycle Forum Sub Group

Bus Operators

Contact: Mark Philpott, Highways Officer 0113 378 7528 Email:

Report author: Mark Philpott

Publication date: 23/04/2021

Date of decision: 21/04/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/04/2021 - Executive Board

Effective from: 01/05/2021

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