The council says more than 45,000 people have so used the service, with over 350 cars parked most weekdays – and that it is drawing up plans to upgrade the overspill area to provide a further 400 spaces to the same high quality specification. The council’s PR machine has today issued a press release saying the scheme has ‘exceeded expectations in less than a year of operation’.
It goes on to say usage is expected to grow even further with a recently introduced scheme which allows city centre businesses to buy annual passes for their staff.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for transport and economy, said:
“We are delighted at the success of the first major bus-based park and ride in the city.
“As passenger numbers continue to grow, profits from the scheme will be shared equally between the council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the bus operator. It’s fantastic that the success of this scheme will enable us to reinvest this income in similar transport schemes elsewhere in the city.”
The Elland Road scheme received considerable local opposition a couple of years ago, with residents concerned about extra traffic in the area.
The original plans A second 1,000 space site at Temple Green on A63 Pontefract Lane near Junction 45 of the M1 is planned to open in spring 2016. What do you think? Have your say in the comments section below.