Leeds park and ride bid to beat the jams

BUS OPTION: Park and ride could ease congestion on Leeds roads.

BUS OPTION: Park and ride could ease congestion on Leeds roads.

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A park and ride scheme could be developed around Leeds to help tackle the city’s choked roads.

The council unanimously agreed that officers should investigate the viability of potential park and ride sites and prepare a report outlining the options for the executive board to consider.

Councillors acknowledged the city had made little progress in developing park and ride over the past 20 years as it sought government approval for either a supertram or trolleybus system, which included park and ride sites.

But with supertram rejected and a decision on trolleybuses still awaited, Coun Stewart Golton, Lib Dem group leader, said it was time some schemes were put in place to tackle traffic congestion.

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He said: “Park and ride might seem unsexy but it would make a great deal of difference.

Coun Richard Lewis, executive councillor for development, said it was important the city pursued projects like the Leeds-Manchester rail electrification and high speed train links to London.

He added: “What also matters is bread and butter stuff like park and ride because it will have an early impact.”

Bosses at Metro and the council have been in discussions over proposals to develop park and ride on council-owned car parks at Elland Road.

Coun Andrew Carter, Conservative group leader said: “This city deserves a modern public transport system that puts us on a par with our competitor cities.”

Coun Les Carter urged the city to continue to “think big.”

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