Leeds today: Census, fantasy transport, Feb 14th, incinerators, bikes, M1 and Chinese new year!

Hello Leeds! It’s Friday, which means the weekend is just around the corner.

Plans for the improvement of a West Yorkshire stretch of the M1 are to go on show. Work will start later this year to make the hard shoulder into a permanent traffic lane from junction 39 to 42. For the next two years remember to add an extra half hour onto your expected journey time.

The expected cost to Leeds City Council of hosting Le Tour in 2014 have been announced. The improvements to roads and cleansing, not to mention the pre-Tour festival should benefit us all in general, not to mention tourism benefits.

Leeds is to get a ‘high-quality cycle route network‘ for the city centre as part of country-wide plans to be announced today… More when we have it.

In more on roads, for those who use it Clay Pit Lane will be temporarily closed to traffic while the surface is improved. Gosh, it’s all about the roads today.

The Leeds Citizen updates us on planning permission for two waste incinerators in East Leeds, posing an interesting question at the end.

Chinese New Year is approaching (10 February) and Leeds List has information on what you can do to celebrate. Tickets are required, so we’re telling you early.

Soon after that is the unmentionable festival on 14 February. Just in case you want to buy your loved one something a little unusual, there’s a designer/maker fair on at the Corn Exchange this weekend. Also, The Arch Cafe (just between St John’s Church & the St John’s Centre) is having afternoon teas in conjunction with the Clandestine Cake Club from Feb 14th. If that doesn’t float your boat then Cheese Club is back! Homage2Fromage is having an evening of Alpine cheese on the 14th in the usual spot.

Something to do with football and a deadline yesterday. I’ll say no more.

Leeds blogger Rich Daley has put together a tube map-equivalent of Leeds, showing “an alternate reality where the city I love has an amazing and reliable underground railway called Leeds Tube”. This is fascinating stuff, and well worth a look. If only we had the money for such a wide-reaching and integrated transport infrastructure! Ah, we can dream.

Finally, we’re being fed tidbits of information from the Census, and here’s the latest: this time on languages spoken across the country. You can click on any section of the country and see the break-down by language in that area. Fascinating, and often unexpected.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

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1 Response to Leeds today: Census, fantasy transport, Feb 14th, incinerators, bikes, M1 and Chinese new year!

  1. Thank you for your kind words about my tube map! Seems a hashtag #leedstube is emerging on Twitter if people would like to join the discussion!

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