Concern over ‘feral park and ride’ in Leeds suburbs as £11million plans backed

The Elland Road Park and Ride facility opened in June 2014. Picture by Tony Johnson.
The Elland Road Park and Ride facility opened in June 2014. Picture by Tony Johnson.
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Councillors voiced concerns over “feral park and ride” issues in Leeds suburbs, as they gave the green light to plans for an £11million investment in two city facilities.

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Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board talked of instances in which city workers are parking on residential streets in areas like Horsforth and using public transport to get into Leeds, as the area lacks park and ride facilities.

Ongoing debate over the proposed £250m ‘trolleybus’ scheme from Stourton to Holt Park, which would feature two park and ride sites, and its recession-hit Supertram predecessor were blamed for a delay in progress on Wednesday.

The board rubber stamped plans for a new £9.7million 1,000-space site at Temple Green, next to the A63 in Pontefract Lane, Rothwell, as well as the £1.8million plan to make 375 overspill spaces at Elland Road Park and Ride permanent.

Coun Stewart Golton, Lib Dem leader, said: “There is significant feral park and ride happening in that area [north west Leeds] when people are parking in residential streets. The sooner that can be solved and formalised, the better.”

Both Leeds’ planned Temple Green park and ride and the enhancement of the Elland Road site come after the recent success of the latter, which has been used by 50,000 people since it opened in June 2014. The work hinges on striking a funding deal with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and aims to relieve congestion.

Coun Jonathan Bentley (Lib Dem, Weetwood) has since branded the plans a “missed opportunity” for north Leeds, with the idea of a facility at Bodington Hall yet to progress.