Beeston residents got a chance to find out more about the proposed Elland Road Park and Ride scheme yesterday, Wednesday 17th July 2013.
The Park and Ride scheme is aimed at relieving city centre congestion and is proposed to be built at the far end of the site from the football ground. A car park will handle 425 cars with capacity in an overflow for a further 425 cars. Buses will then run into the city every ten minutes with a projected 6 minute journey time to Boar Lane.
The consultation took place at Beeston Library and follows a presentation to the Beeston Community Forum earlier this month. Staff from Leeds City Council and Metro were on hand to explain the plans and answer questions.
Staff were pleased with the attendance saying opinions were split for and against the scheme. However many residents were pleased to hear that the main traffic flow from the M621 will come via Junction 1 (B&Q) rather than doubling back along Elland Road from Junction 2 and adding to congestion at the Wesley Street junction.
The service will not operate on Saturday match days and will be limited to 7am – 7pm all year. It is expected that the car parks will have substantially emptied by the time supporters arrive for midweek matches.
Other objectors have stated that a Park and Ride scheme should be located further out. However these plans use land already in Council ownership. If the proposals are accepted and the scheme receives planning permission, the scheme can be built quickly with little disruption to Elland Road as the junction improvements have already been made to accommodate the new Police HQ. It is hoped the scheme will be operational in May 2014.
You can find out more information from the Council website and comment via the online questionnaire. Alternatively you can phone 0113 395 2586 or email email@example.com. The consultation is open until Friday 2nd August.