New park-and-ride plan for Leeds hits top gear

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Council bosses are motoring ahead with plans for a second major park-and-ride site in Leeds.

The proposed 1,000-space scheme near Temple Newsam has won planning permission and is expected to be up-and-running in 2016.

Buses will travel at least every 15 minutes between the site and the city centre in an attempt to reduce the number of cars on local roads.

The facility will be the biggest park-and-ride site in Leeds, a title currently held by the 800-space scheme that opened at Elland Road over the summer.

As reported in Saturday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, the Elland Road site got off to an uncertain start but is now being used by more than 2,500 people a week.

The new scheme will be delivered by Leeds City Council and operated in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which includes what was Metro, the county’s passenger transport authority.

Accessible from junction 45 of the M1 via the East Leeds Link Road and Bell Wood roundabout, it will form part of the Leeds city region enterprise zone.

Coun Richard Lewis, the city council’s executive member for transport and the economy, said: “This park-and-ride scheme is an integral part in the development of the enterprise zone, unlocking a key site and acting as a catalyst for further development growth and job creation.”

Coun James Lewis, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee, said: “This park-and-ride would complement the 4,500-plus existing spaces at West Yorkshire’s rail stations and the 800-space facility at Elland Road.

“Park-and-ride is a key method of reducing congestion and improving people’s journeys.”

Covering a total of 142 hectares, the Leeds city region enterprise zone was launched with Government backing in 2012.

It has been aiming to attract investment by offering reduced business rates worth up to £275,000 over five years.

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