Council to spend £70,000 to help drivers find Leeds park-and-ride

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Leeds council bosses have signed off a £70,000 plan to erect new signs to its flagship park and ride scheme – and help boost the numbers using it.

The £2.8m facility in Elland Road opened in July and, after a slow start, usage has picked up.

According to a new Leeds City Council report, it is currently operating at 70 per cent of its capacity, based on the 420 formally laid out car park spaces. But the usage drops to 35 per cent when overflow parking – which takes the total spaces to more than 800 – is taken into account.

The report to the council’s chief highways officer says people coming from the motorway are having problems finding the facility.

“Drivers are experiencing difficulty trying to locate the Park & Ride facility due to insufficient signing with particular emphasis on the motorway network,” the report says.

“The additional signs represent a balanced and positive response by the council to customer feedback and provide the opportunity to promote increased growth of the Elland Road Park & Ride facility, contributing to a reduction in city centre congestion.

“Leeds City Council will be responsible for the future maintenance and replacement of the signs, including third party damage.”

The new work include two signs on the M621 motorway eastbound and westbound in advance of Junction 1.

They will instruct drivers to follow the existing ‘Elland Road Stadium’ signs and upon exiting at Junction 1, drivers will be directed to the Park & Ride via a series of new signs which will include the ‘Elland Road Stadium’ and ‘Park & Ride’ text and symbols.

The Elland Road Park & Ride scheme jointly funded by Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The new signage is being paid for from within the existing £2.8m budget for the scheme.

Planning permission has also recently been granted for a second park and ride facility in Leeds.

The site on Temple Green Road, which lies within the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone, will cost £8.5m and will have 1,000 spaces.

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