Call to invest in Morley cycle route

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A Morley councillor is urging Leeds City Council to invest in a new cycling route through the town.

Coun Neil Dawson outlined his vision for a city-wide ‘North to South’ cycling highway route to council chiefs at a meeting this month.

The proposed cycling route would run from the north of the city and pass through Morley, Tingley and Ardsley, with cycling lanes in either Dewsbury Road, Elland Road and the A61.

Coun Dawson said: “One of the difficulties of cycling in Morley is that it is hilly and there is lot of traffic. In Morley and south Leeds there are no cycle ways and very few cycling lanes. I think there is a consensus in the council that we need to encourage cycling for many reasons, health, personal fitness, reducing the carbon front print, combating pollution, improving transport.”

His proposal comes after work on the East to West £29m Leeds to Bradford City Connect cycling superhighway began this month.

Coun Dawson said: “Construction on the East to West cycle way has started and it is an exciting and much needed project but we need to do more in this city and in particular in Morley, Tingley and Ardsley. I would like to see a firm commitment that the next major investment in a cycle route is North to South. On the southern leg we can debate which of the route arteries that the cycle highway will follow, but I think we should begin planning for this now. The cost of improvements for cycling is relatively small but the benefits can be enormous.”