All day charge to be raised at Woodhouse Lane multi-storey car park

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The daily charge at Leeds’s Woodhouse Lane multi-storey car park is set to go up for the second time is as many years.

The council-managed car park is one of the busiest - and cheapest - in the city, and the £6 ‘up to 12 hours’ rate has been fixed since December 2014. It was £5.50 before that.

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The car park earned £1.9m for the council last year.

A report just approved by Leeds City Council officers says: “The car park is currently extremely busy, often filled to capacity.

“Competitor pricing is all significantly higher and it is recommended to increase the current daily charge at Woodhouse Lane from £6 to £6.50. The daily (12 hour) price was increased from £5.50 to £6 in December 2014, however this has had no impact on numbers and the car park is still full on weekdays. The proposed charge of £6.50 is still cheaper than the competition and is thought to be sustainable.”

The new charge will apply from Monday, June 6. All other short stay rates and the quarterly permit rate will stay the same.

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “A modest price increase on some tariffs at Woodhouse Lane car park will ensure it remains competitive and plays its part in supporting a range of transport policies.

“With the car park operating at or near capacity and at times being congested or queueing causing issues on surrounding roads, we need to find that balance between ensuring a turnover of spaces and managing demand. A sensible pricing structure will help us do that.”

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