The controversial Stourton Park and Ride will open its doors for the first time on Monday 6 September 2021. The new 1,200 space facility will be the first fully solar-powered park and ride site in the UK. Solar panels and an innovative battery storage system will provide energy to power the entire site and a fleet of zero-emission electric buses will operate every 10 minutes.
All bus fares from Monday 6 – Sunday 12 September will be free of charge for everyone. Following the introductory offer return fares are priced at just £3.
Leeds City Council have also published details of parking restrictions on local roads to stop local residents being inconvenienced. The plans include resident permit parking on the Parnabys and time limited waiting on Parnaby Road as well as double yellow lines along Middleton Road and Ring Road Middleton.
The project is part of the Connecting Leeds programme and was funded through the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme (LPTIP) from the Department for Transport. And the European Union’s Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The ERDF funding has provided a Smart Grid which will:
- Provide subsidised electricity for the Park & Ride service to allow fully electric buses to operate on the route at a lower cost
- Provide trickle charging for long-stay commuters with electric vehicles
- Provide rapid chargers for Electric Vehicles passing the site, to help build a strategic network of public charge points
Photo: Aerial shot of Stourton Park & Ride in August.