Published: 25th Sep 2019

Leeds will permanently close off to traffic a city centre street, after a successful pilot which saw Cookridge Street transformed into a pop-up park during the summer. The street connects to the Headrow, one of Leeds’ busiest streets, and will be re-designed to offer the public seating, street cafes, play areas and green space. The council says the closure will contribute to a reduction in city centre emissions and improve air quality. Every summer since 2016, the street has been the home to the pop-up park, which has proved popular with the general public and families visiting the city. As the construction takes place, it will close permanently for all vehicle traffic in autumn 2020, with the works completed by March 2021. Leeds City Council executive member for climate change, transport and sustainable development Cllr Lisa Mulherin said: ‘By becoming vehicle-free, we are supporting a healthier, livable and greener city, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)