Rothwell and Robin Hood walking and cycling improvements

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We would like to know what you think of our plans to improve walking and cycling in the Rothwell, Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill, Lofthouse and east Middleton areas

This engagement is now closed for responses.


We are planning a full refurbishment of the existing Rothwell Greenway that links together the communities of Lofthouse, Robin Hood and Rothwell, as well as local communities and schools. The project aims to bring this community asset back to a year-round use for walkers and cyclists, enabling it to fulfil its potential for sustainable travel, as well as leisure and recreation, once more.

As the result of the project, the Greenway will be made a suitable width for walking and cycling and will be re-surfaced and re-graded where needed. Where the route of the Greenway crosses roads and residential areas, suitable crossing points and speed management will also be provided.

Extension of the Greenway to the north will provide better links via Bullough Lane to the Trans Pennine Trail and the Skelton Lake area.

The enhanced route will be well promoted to the local communities to encourage more active and sustainable means of travel.

Improvements to walking and cycling routes in neighbouring areas

The desire to improve the links between communities in this part of south Leeds is recognised in Leeds’ cycling ambition as part of the Cycling Starts Here strategy. As well as the proposed improvements to Rothwell Greenway there are also plans to improve key walking and cycling paths throughout Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill and the eastern part of Middleton.

You can view the overall plans for the area here.

The proposals are:

  • To enhance and widen the existing Rothwell Greenway to provide a continuous 3 metre wide / 3 mile long route from Long Thorpe Lane (Rodillian School) to Haigh Road in Rothwell. This will provide, for the majority of its length, a car free and safe environment for residents and school children to travel through Rothwell.
  • To provide a hard wearing all year weatherproof surface for the whole of the route
  • To introduce safe crossing points / traffic management measures for all minor roads
  • To review and replace access barriers to deter motorcycle use where appropriate but provide access to disabled residents, adapted and family cycles
  • To re-grade ramped access
  • To extend the Greenway by providing a shared footway / cycle provision on Styebank Lane (between Haigh Road and Leeds Road) to improve links over Leeds Road and beyond towards Skelton Lake development, the City Centre, Temple Newsam and Garforth
  • To introduce a strategy to signpost the routes / promote for pedestrians and cyclists
  • To improve walking and cycling routes from the existing Rothwell Greenway into neighbouring areas
  • To improve key walking and cycling paths in Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill, and east Middleton

Next steps

We asked for your feedback on the plans from Friday 7 February until Monday 9 March 2020. This engagement is now closed and we are collating the feedback.

This feedback will be used to update the plans. Subject to funding approval, the construction of this scheme is likely to take place later in 2020.

Alternately you can provide your comments by email, post or phone:

EMAIL: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

POST: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA).

PHONE: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)

We would like to know what you think of our plans to improve walking and cycling in the Rothwell, Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill, Lofthouse and east Middleton areas

This engagement is now closed for responses.


We are planning a full refurbishment of the existing Rothwell Greenway that links together the communities of Lofthouse, Robin Hood and Rothwell, as well as local communities and schools. The project aims to bring this community asset back to a year-round use for walkers and cyclists, enabling it to fulfil its potential for sustainable travel, as well as leisure and recreation, once more.

As the result of the project, the Greenway will be made a suitable width for walking and cycling and will be re-surfaced and re-graded where needed. Where the route of the Greenway crosses roads and residential areas, suitable crossing points and speed management will also be provided.

Extension of the Greenway to the north will provide better links via Bullough Lane to the Trans Pennine Trail and the Skelton Lake area.

The enhanced route will be well promoted to the local communities to encourage more active and sustainable means of travel.

Improvements to walking and cycling routes in neighbouring areas

The desire to improve the links between communities in this part of south Leeds is recognised in Leeds’ cycling ambition as part of the Cycling Starts Here strategy. As well as the proposed improvements to Rothwell Greenway there are also plans to improve key walking and cycling paths throughout Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill and the eastern part of Middleton.

You can view the overall plans for the area here.

The proposals are:

  • To enhance and widen the existing Rothwell Greenway to provide a continuous 3 metre wide / 3 mile long route from Long Thorpe Lane (Rodillian School) to Haigh Road in Rothwell. This will provide, for the majority of its length, a car free and safe environment for residents and school children to travel through Rothwell.
  • To provide a hard wearing all year weatherproof surface for the whole of the route
  • To introduce safe crossing points / traffic management measures for all minor roads
  • To review and replace access barriers to deter motorcycle use where appropriate but provide access to disabled residents, adapted and family cycles
  • To re-grade ramped access
  • To extend the Greenway by providing a shared footway / cycle provision on Styebank Lane (between Haigh Road and Leeds Road) to improve links over Leeds Road and beyond towards Skelton Lake development, the City Centre, Temple Newsam and Garforth
  • To introduce a strategy to signpost the routes / promote for pedestrians and cyclists
  • To improve walking and cycling routes from the existing Rothwell Greenway into neighbouring areas
  • To improve key walking and cycling paths in Robin Hood, East Ardsley, Thorpe on the Hill, and east Middleton

Next steps

We asked for your feedback on the plans from Friday 7 February until Monday 9 March 2020. This engagement is now closed and we are collating the feedback.

This feedback will be used to update the plans. Subject to funding approval, the construction of this scheme is likely to take place later in 2020.

Alternately you can provide your comments by email, post or phone:

EMAIL: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

POST: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA).

PHONE: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)