TSL News- Coronavirus updates from Leeds City Council

TSL shares some recent Leeds City Council coronavirus updates including: national testing, further identified symptoms, and cycling and walking measures in the city.

Matt Hancock announced in Parliament on 18 May that everyone aged 5+ with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for a test. People can register for a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Loss of sense of smell and taste (known as anosmia) has been recognised by UK Chief Medical Officers as a coronavirus symptom.
Consultation on emergency walking and cycling measures

Connecting Leeds have launched a consultation on proposed emergency measures to support safe walking and cycling during the coronavirus outbreak.

The consultation has had great engagement so far, with 1614 people contributing 6986 comments and ideas by Monday morning. The proposed actions are intended to help people maintain social distancing while making essential trips, as well as extending the benefits we’ve seen during lockdown of increased active travel, improved air quality and reduced traffic and noise.

Proposals include:

  • Creating more pedestrian space in public places through installing barriers. This has already begun in the city centre and is planned for local and district centres in coming weeks.
  • Creating more pedestrian and cycle space on main roads, including expanding the cycle network.
  • Increasing cycle parking provision at business and residential buildings.
  • Quieter residential streets, using point closures to create ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’.
  • Creating car-free space outside schools through installing temporary barriers, bollards and cameras.                                               
Feedback on the proposals, as well any other ideas, can be submitted to the consultation here. This is separate to the longer-term transformation of the city centre which is continuing apace.

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