On the right road? New park-and-ride aims to ease Leeds’s congestion problems

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Fresh details have been revealed about plans for the latest piece in Leeds’s multi-million pound park-and-ride jigsaw.

The new park-and-ride at Stourton, next to junction seven of the M621, has been in the pipeline for some time but now it has been confirmed that work on the £23m scheme is expected to start next summer.

A high-frequency bus service will run between the site and the city centre via the A61 Hunslet Road, with journeys set to take an average of 15 minutes.

Scheduled for completion in winter 2019 and backed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Leeds City Council, the facility will offer 1,100 spaces for motorists.

It aims to complement the existing park-and-ride sites already in operation at Elland Road and at Temple Green, near junction 45 of the M1.

And today transport bosses appealed for people to give their views on the scheme, which is being funded with cash left over from Leeds’s trolleybus fiasco.

WYCA transport committee chair Coun Keith Wakefield said: “It is really important that local transport users and potential users get an opportunity to have their say on the development of such an important project.

“We want a park-and-ride facility that works for local people and helps to enhance Leeds city centre through reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.”

More details will be available at a drop-in event taking place at West Grange Church on Belle Isle Road on Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm.

Another information event will be held at Hunslet Church of the Nazarene on Lupton Street from 3pm to 7pm on Monday, October 2.

People can also share their thoughts by taking part in an online survey accessible via www.iparkandride.com.

Edward Ziff, Chairman and CEO Town Centre Securities, in his Office overlooking Leeds.   18 March 2013.
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