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Cyclist crashes on new Leeds-Bradford route due to missing manhole cover

New cycle superhighway has been strongly criticised by campaigners

A cyclist has crashed on the £18m Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway due to a missing manhole cover in the middle of the lane. Stuart Town was cycling alongside Stanningley Road through Bramley on Sunday when he hit an open hole in the ground near the junction with Cockshott Lane.

Ryan Mallinson tweeted a photo of what caused his friend to fall.



Town said that he found the cover a little way down the road and replaced it himself.

A spokesperson for City Connect, the body in charge of delivering the government-funded scheme, told us: "We have reported it to UTC as it's their chamber. They will replace it.  We don’t know when it was taken or who by."

Yesterday, we reported that the £18m route, paid for by government Cycle City Ambition Fund money, has proven a disappointment for local campaigners.

Just 75cm wide in places and with cyclists obliged to give way at every side road, the route has been condemned as “hazardous” by some, with Cycling UK moved to say that its layout represents a compelling case for national design standards.

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