Leeds’s flagship Elland Road park-and-ride scheme is slowly but surely turning the corner, new figures showed today.
As previously reported by the YEP, the 800-space site was used by an average of just 28 cars per day during its first week of operation in June.
Now, however, it is being visited by more than 1,100 cars each week, equivalent to a daily average of around 180.
Cars carrying more than one person mean weekly passenger numbers have soared past 2,500.
Bob Dorr, business manager for bus firm First in Leeds, said: “More and more people are enjoying the frequent buses, value fares and super convenience the park-and-ride provides.
“We’re encouraging even more people to think about how they travel into Leeds and take the hassle-free option.”
Coun James Lewis, chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee, said: “Numbers of cars parking at the Elland Road park-and-ride have risen to over 1,100 per week now and weekly passenger numbers are over 2,500.
“As predicted, this figure has been growing since the end of the summer holidays as more and more people find out that by using the park-and-ride rather than driving into the city centre, they can save time, money and aggravation.”
The Elland Road site is Leeds’s biggest ever bus-based park-and-ride scheme.
It is open from 7am to 9.15pm Monday to Saturday, except for Saturdays when Leeds United are playing at home.
Buses run between the site and the city centre every 10 minutes until 7pm, with fares priced from £2.70 per day.
A joint collaboration between Leeds City Council, First and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the £2.8m scheme is designed to ease congestion in the traffic-choked heart of Leeds.
Tickets offering five days’ free use of the park-and-ride are up for grabs in a Facebook competition. Links to the competition can be found on West Yorkshire Metro’s Facebook page.