Leeds City Council scraps park and ride system for shoppers

Leeds City Council has scrapped the Christmas Park and Ride scheme which eases traffic around the city during the Christmas period.

This year's scheme has been cancelled because it was not considered to be cost-effective.

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A spokeswoman for the council said that only 200 cars used it each week and it was having a negligible effect on congestion in the city.

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In previous years the council earmarked three sites to the west, south and north of the city centre in a bid to encourage shoppers to ditch their cars on busy days.

But shoppers will still have a festive boost after the council recently announced that there would be more than 2,000 free car-parking spaces at a 'ring' of car parks just outside the city centre.

Parking at Woodhouse Lane, Quarry Hill, Meadow Lane/Hunslet Lane, Maude Street and West Street will be free this Saturday and Saturday, January 8.

There will be free parking throughout the city on December 25–28 and January 1–3 excluding Woodhouse Lane and Queens Hall.

Flora Mewies of Ward Hadaway

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