This is how Leeds’s first major bus-based park and ride scheme could look.
Proposals for the £2.8m project - to be run from the council-owned car parks to the west of Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium - are expected to be rubber-stamped by senior councillors this week.
The blueprint has been drawn up by Leeds City Council and Metro, and the scheme includes an express bus service running every 15 minutes to and from Boar Lane in Leeds city centre.
The service would run from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Saturday matchdays when Leeds United are playing at home.
The park-and-ride is part of wider Elland Road masterplan which includes a new Leeds police headquarters and an ice rink.
Leeds council’s executive member for the economy and development,councillor Richard Lewis, said: “The Elland Road masterplan is a key area of development for the city, and along with the new police headquarters and the ice rink the park and ride scheme has a major role to play not only in reducing traffic congestion in the city centre but also in promoting investment and regeneration in Beeston and Holbeck.
“We do recognise local concerns about the impact on the immediate area by the park and ride scheme, but I would like to reiterate we will do everything we can to address and minimise any problems to ensure this scheme is a success for the local area and Leeds as whole.”
Running initially for a five-year period, the park and ride would provide parking space for up to 800 cars at Elland Road in a bid to ease congestion by reducing traffic entering the city centre.
Work could start on site in February 2014, with the service scheduled to start operating three months later in May.