Park And Ride Goes From Strength To Strength

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Opened in June 2014 in preparation for the Tour de France, the Elland Road Park and Ride scheme has exceeded expectations in less than a year of operation.

Over 45,000 people have used the service so far with over 350 cars parked most weekdays. Such is the demand that Leeds City Council is drawing up plans to upgrade the overspill area to provide a further 400 spaces to the same high quality specification.

Patronage is expected to grow even further with a recently introduced scheme which allows city centre businesses to purchase annual passes for their staff, providing a solution to access and parking issues they may have at their own premises.

In a survey of users the high quality facilities, efficient bus service and friendly staff prompted 99% of customers’ to say they would recommend the service, which forms part of a project developed in partnership between the council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority,

A second 1000 space site at Temple Green on A63 Pontefract Lane near Junction 45 of the M1 is planned to open in spring 2016. This £8.5m scheme funded by the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund will offer a convenient and sustainable transport option for those travelling to the city centre from the east. The scheme will also connect the Leeds City Region’s Enterprise Zone with the high quality, frequent public transport service necessary to promote investment and jobs in the zone.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and economy said:

“We are delighted at the success of the first major bus-based park and ride in the city. This gives us the confidence to expand the Elland Road site and to progress the Temple Green site in the city’s Enterprise Zone.

“As passenger numbers continue to grow, profits from the scheme will be shared equally between the council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the bus operator. It’s fantastic that the success of this scheme will enable us to reinvest this income in similar transport schemes elsewhere in the city.”


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