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NM Group gears up for cycle superhighway

Leeds superhighwayCivil engineering and specialist contractor, North Midland Construction has been appointed by Leeds City Council to work on a major project linking the cities of Leeds and Bradford via a new cycle route.

The Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway scheme is valued at nearly £10m and will see the construction of high quality, mainly segregated cycle tracks and off-carriageway crossings at signal controlled junctions.

The scheme was launched this week with representatives from NM Group in attendance and comes hot on the heels of the success of this year's Tour de France, which set off from Leeds city centre in July 2014, attracting millions of spectators and extensive media coverage.

The council hopes to see an increase in the popularity of cycling, including city centre commuting, and sees the new cycle route as a key legacy proposal, capturing long term benefits for the region in terms of health, access and recreation.

James Lewis, Chair of West Yorkshire Transport Committee, said: "I'm delighted that we will see work starting on our first cycle superhighway so soon. I know there's a huge appetite for cycling and this is an important step in creating new infrastructure. It falls alongside the work we are doing with cycling groups to entice more people onto their bikes so it’s great news."

The cycle superhighway route is about 12km long and includes a segregated cycle track between Bradford and the east side of Leeds, through a predominantly urban location.

In addition, some 25 new 20mph zones are to be created adjacent to the cycle superhighway.

The works in these areas include traffic calming features, drainage, signing and lining.

Geoff Poyzer, Managing Director of the Highways and Utilities Division of NM Group, said: “This is a highly prestigious project which will provide many benefits to the region in terms of health and access to leisure. “

“We are delighted to be involved in a scheme which has been inspired by the tremendous success of the Tour de France and we are confident the cycle superhighway will provide significant benefits to existing cycling enthusiasts and those who have been encouraged to take it up – whether as a hobby or as a means of commuting.”