Leeds park and ride take-up steps up a gear

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Nearly ten times as many motorists are using Leeds’ flagship £2.8m park-and-ride scheme than when it first opened.

More than 330 cars per day used the Elland Road site last month - compared to just 38 cars a day when it first opened in June last year.

We have been getting some great feedback from commuters, many of whom have started to use the Park and Ride for their daily commute.

Figures obtained by the Yorkshire Evening Post reveal an increasing number of motorists using the site when visiting Leeds city centre.

Around 112 cars on average each day used the 800-space site in July last year but that number had increased to 247 by October.

And transport chiefs hope the number of motorists using the site will continue to rise.

Last year the YEP revealed the flagship scheme was struggling to win over the city’s drivers after it was launched last summer.

The Elland Road park-and-ride is the biggest scheme of its kind in Leeds’s history.

The facility is a collaboration between the council, bus firm First and the recently-formed West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member responsible for transport and the economy said the authority has received “great feedback” from people who use the site for the daily commute.

And he hopes the number of motorists who use the site to avoid traffic in the city centre will continue to increase.

Coun Lewis said: “We have been getting some great feedback from commuters, many of whom have started to use the Park and Ride for their daily commute.

“These numbers speak for themselves – the month-on-month increase is great news but we are hopeful that the number of motorists taking advantage of the Park and Ride will continue to grow.

“The fact that it is so simple to park up and jump on a bus, as well as it being such good value, is proving very popular with commuters and visitors alike.”

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