Leeds Council reveal plans for new park and ride at Alwoodley

Leeds City Council are opening a public consultation on plans for a new park and ride at Alwoodley.

Friday, 8th February 2019, 12:05 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th February 2019, 10:37 am
The A61 in Alwoodley

They'll be asking for your views on a new scheme to improve bus connectivity along the Harrogate Road corridor.

The proposal is for a new park and ride serving Harrogate and north Leeds commuters at Alwoodley Gates.

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As part of the A61 scheme, new bus lanes would also be added along the A61 from Alwoodley to Moortown, as well as new traffic signals to give buses priority. The council claim the changes would reduce the bus journey time from the city centre to Moor Allerton Centre by 13 minutes. There would also be enhanced provision for cyclists and pedestrians.

The consultation on the park and ride's location opens on February 11 and anyone can take part. There will also be a number of public drop-in sessions where you can view plans and ask questions.

A previous consultation held in 2018 considered public feedback on plans for new bus lanes and traffic signal changes. This has now closed and the park and ride is a further phase in the consultation process.

How can I take part in the public consultation on the park and ride scheme?

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/connectingleeds

When and where are the public drop-in sessions?

- Tuesday 12 February from 5 - 8pm at Seven Arts in Chapel Allerton

- Saturday 16 February from 10am - 2pm at Moortown Baptist Church

- Tuesday 26 February from 5 - 8pm at Chapel Allerton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club

- Thursday 28 February from 5- 8pm at Moortown Baptist Church

- Saturday 2 March from 10am - 2pm at Caribbean Cricket Club

- Thursday 7 March from 5 - 8pm at Tree Tops Community Centre

What are the plans for the Harrogate Road corridor that were presented during the 2018 consultation?

- A new northbound bus and cycle lane from Sandmoor Lane to a new bus gate 200 metres before the Alwoodley Lane junction. The bus gate to be controlled by traffic lights to give buses priority. Research suggests this will improve journey times by up to a minute for buses and 30 seconds for other traffic.

- On-street parking to be restricted in the bus lane, although drivers can cross it to gain access to side roads. Cars would be restricted to using one lane rather than the two available currently.

- A new southbound bus and cycle lane from Crescent Gardens to a new bus gate 100 metres before the Outer Ring Road junction.

- A new southbound bus and cycle lane between the Shadwell Lane and Street Lane junctions. The northbound carriageway would be unaffected.

- A new pedestrian crossing just south of Allerton Grove.

- A new cycle lane would link the end of the bus lane with the Street Lane junction.

- The Street Lane traffic lights would be upgraded to give buses priority.

- Ten on-street parking spaces would be lost - eight on the Leeds-bound side and two on the Harrogate-bound side.