TRANSPORT chiefs are gearing up for the launch of a new scheme designed to help Leeds beat the traffic queue blues.
The city’s biggest ever park-and-ride site will open its gates next to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground at 7am on Monday, June 23.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council and First Bus said at the start of the year that they wanted the 800-space site up-and-running in time for the Tour de France in early July.
But project bosses are confident it will also help keep Leeds on the move long after the cycling event has been and gone.
Leeds City Council’s executive board member for the economy and development, Coun Richard Lewis, said today: “It is so simple to park up and jump on a bus as well as good value. We hope motorists will take this opportunity to leave their cars safely behind and enjoy a stress-free journey into the city.
“Elland Road park-and-ride is set to remove hundreds of cars from Leeds city centre. We are committed to reducing congestion and pollution which this project will certainly help. It is just part of our upcoming plans to offer Leeds commuters more efficient and cheaper travel options.”
Dedicated shuttle bus services will run between the site and the city centre every 10 minutes from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday – except on Saturdays when United are playing at Elland Road.
The shuttles will use a priority lane from junction 3 of the M621 to beat the traffic tailbacks and make journeys in just 10 minutes.
Regular return fares start from £2.70 while off-peak returns, concessions and Saturday journeys will cost £2.
Discounts will also be available for passengers who load multiple fares onto Oyster-style smartcard tickets.
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, plans have also been announced for a 1,000-space park-and-ride site in the Aire Valley Leeds enterprise zone, near Temple Newsam.