Consultation events are taking place next week in Belle Isle and Hunslet as Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority reveal details of the planned Park & Ride scheme to be built by Junction 7 of the M621 at Stourton.
As previously reported on South Leeds Life, the Stourton Park & Ride is to be funded out of the £179m made available to Leeds City Council after the Trolleybus project was rejected by the Government. It will complement existing Park & Ride schemes at Elland Road, Temple Gate in East Leeds and is part of the Council’s plans to ease congestion and improve air quality by reducing traffic in the city centre.
The Elland Road Park & Ride has been successful in attracting users, although it remains controversial in Beeston where many people think it brings more traffic into the area.
The Stourton facility, located on land between the motorway and Hunslet Cemetery, will accommodate 1,100 cars. It will have a bus pick up / drop-off point with departure lounge, real-time information, smartcard ticketing, car park security and welfare facilities. There will also be Dedicated disabled, parent and child, mobility scooter, motorcycle and bicycle parking spaces.
The £23m scheme is expected to open winter 2019. A fast and frequent bus service will link the Park & Ride to the city centre via Thwaite Gate, Hunslet Road and Meadow Lane.
The following consultation events are being held:
- Tuesday 26 September 2017 2–6pm West Grange Church, West Grange Garth, 54 Belle Isle Rd, LS10 2DF
- Monday 2 October 2017 3–7pm Hunslet Nazarene Church, Lupton Street, LS10 2QR
Alternatively you can complete an online questionnaire at: www.iparkandride.com, or fill in the questionnaire in the brochure and return it by Freepost.
You can view the information brochure here: http://www.wymetro.com/uploadedFiles/WYMetro/Content/BusTravel/Leaflet%20Digital%20Final.pdf
The consultation runs until Friday 6 October 2017.