Leeds park-and-ride site is on course to be a congestion-buster

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Fresh details were today revealed about the operation of the biggest ever park-and-ride site in Leeds.

Construction work is due to begin this Wednesday on the congestion-busting 800-space site, on land next to Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.

And, ahead of the start of the work, city council bosses have announced:

* Buses between the site and Leeds city centre will be run by private operator First;

* Return fares will be priced at around £3;

* Journeys are expected to take about six minutes;

* Services will run from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, except for Saturdays when United are at home.

A joint collaboration between Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro and First Group, it is hoped the £2.8m scheme will be up-and-running in time for the Tour de France’s visit to Yorkshire in July.

The finished site will boast high-quality surfacing, shelters, lighting, ticket machines, CCTV and easy-on-the-eye landscaping.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council’s executive board member for the economy and development, said: “We are committed to driving down congestion and this project will certainly help bring the number of cars in the city down.

“Thanks to this initiative motorists can leave their cars behind knowing they will be safe and secure and enjoy a short, cheap ride into the city centre.

“Leeds has not had a purpose-built bus-based park-and-ride of this size before and it brings us on par with some of the other major cities we are surrounded by.

“It is not before time and I look forward to other schemes in the near future.”

The creation of the park-and-ride site is part of a wider masterplan for the development of the area around Elland Road.

Work is under way on a new police headquarters near the football ground while an indoor ice rink is also in the pipeline.

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