Leeds City Council to consider £9m park and ride

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Transport bosses in Leeds could give the go-ahead to a multi-million pound project to create a new park and ride in the city.

Council chiefs will decide on Wednesday whether to approve plans to build a £9m 1,000-space site at Temple Green in Rothwell.

The proposal comes one year after the completion of the Elland Road Park and Ride scheme.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, chairman of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said the success of the South Leeds park and ride “proved demand exists” for a second in the city.

A new permanent surface could be laid at the Elland Road site’s temporary 400-space car park as part of the proposals.

Coun Wakefield said: “The popularity of the Elland Road scheme has proved demand exists for park and ride in Leeds.

“The proposal to upgrade the temporary 400 space overflow car park and build a new 1000 space park and ride at Temple Green can only increase the significant contribution it and the 4,500 park and ride spaces at West Yorkshire’s rail stations are already making to reducing congestion and improving air quality in Leeds.”

The proposed park and ride site will be next to the A63 in Pontefract Lane.

Leeds City Council said funding for the project hinged on striking a deal with West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

A decision on the deal is expected later this year and, if funding is granted, work could start in March next year.

New facilities at the Temple Green site would include a bus lay-by to accommodate three buses, passenger waiting facilities, Smartcard ticketing, toilets and electric car chargers.

The plans also include gates, fencing, lighting and CCTV cameras.

Visit www.wymetro.com/TempleGreen-PR for more information about the Temple Green public consultation.

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THE FACTS ABOUT NEW PROPOSALS

New East Leeds Park and Ride would be at Temple Green, next to the A63, Pontefract Lane, Rothwell.

It would include a bus lay-by, passenger waiting facilities, Smartcard ticketing, provision for electric cars, toilets and CCTV.

The site will be able to accommodate a total of 1,000 cars.

The Elland Road Park and Ride, which currently has a 400-space overflow car park, will also be upgraded with a new permanent surface.

Council said entire project would cost more than £9m and funding needs to be agreed.

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