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2014
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Hopes for roaring success at Elland Road park-and-ride






Photo caption - (left to right) Councillor James Lewis, Councillor Richard Lewis and Bob Dorr





Motorists are being encouraged to leave their cars behind and help bypass city centre congestion as Leeds opens it first large-scale park-and-ride.



The eagerly awaited 800-space facility on Elland Road is expected to score with commuters when it opens its gates at 7am on Monday 23 June.



It has been fast-tracked so that visitors to the Tour de France Grand Départ will be able to use the facility on race day – Saturday 5 July.



Commuters can stay connected while on the move thanks to a modern low-emission fleet of WiFi enabled buses serving the route.



The fleet will provide a 10-minute shuttle service into the city centre providing a bus every 10 minutes from 7am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, apart from Saturday Match Days when Leeds United are playing at home.



Users can find all the information they need about payments, timetables, match days, special offers and discounts at www.wymetro.com/park-and-ride.



Electric car drivers can also make use of five electric-car charging points.



The park-and-ride is a partnership between Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and First Bus.



Leeds City Council executive board member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:



“It is so simple to park up and jump on a bus as well as good value. We hope motorists will take this opportunity to leave their cars safely behind and enjoy a stress free journey into the city.



“Elland Road park-and-ride is set to remove hundreds of cars from Leeds city centre. We are committed to reducing congestion and pollution which this project will certainly help. It is just part of our upcoming plans to offer Leeds commuters more efficient and cheaper travel options.”



Journeys will be easily accessible and frequent with two payment options for travel from the Elland Road site. Regular return tickets start from £2.70 with off-peak returns after 1pm, concessions and Saturday journeys costing £2.



Passengers will also be able to use self-service ticketing machines to top up smartcard tickets and take advantage of discounts and special offers. Similar to MCard, the new system will make travelling across the city more cost effective by offering a range of deals.



Bob Dorr, Business Manager for First bus in Leeds, said:



“We look forward to welcoming customers on board who can enjoy free wi-fi and a relaxing journey right into the heart of the city.”



A bus priority lane from Junction 3 of the M621 means buses accessing the site need not queue in traffic.



Councillor James Lewis, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee chair, said:



“Park and ride into Leeds proves attractive to many drivers at many train stations where there is a quick and comfortable service into the city centre so people don't have to spend time driving round looking for a parking space.



“Along with the planned new site in the Aire Valley we want to expand the availability and hopefully encourage more people not to drive into the city. By helping to reduce congestion this facility will benefit businesses and the local economy and it is opening just in time to help out in the build up to and during the Tour de France.”



Another larger 1000-space park-and-ride has been proposed for the Aire Valley Leeds enterprise zone. Located close to the East Leeds Link Road the park-and-ride would be accessed by Bell Wood roundabout. It is hoped it will be ready for operation by late 2015.



ENDS



Notes to editor:



Bus route and frequency

Buses run every 10 minutes, from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, apart from Saturday Match Days when Leeds United are playing at home.



Towards Leeds

Elland Road Park & Ride - Meadow Road / Sweet Street - Great Wilson Street - Boar Lane



Towards Elland Road

Boar Lane - Great Wilson Street - Elland Road Park & Ride.



Tickets and fares

You get 10% discount when you add five or more tickets to your Park & Ride SmartCard.

Remember to keep hold of your SmartCard so you can top up your journeys at the kiosk on site.

Family-friendly ticketing - up to three children can travel free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Unaccompanied children, up to the age of 16, pay half fare and will need to show a Young Person's PhotoCard.



Available from the Elland Road ticket kiosk:



• Day return: £3 (or save 10% when buying five or more tickets)

• 5 adult day returns: £13.50

• 10 adult day returns: £27

• 20 adult day returns: £54



Available on the bus:



• Day return: £3

• Seven day ticket: £13

• Off-peak day return (after 1pm): £2

• Senior / Disabled day return: £2 after 9.30am or £3 before 9.30am.

• £2 all day Saturday (apart from Match Days).

• You will need to show a Concessionary Pass.



Facilities



• Well-lit bus shelters with real-time information screens

• 24 hour ticketing machines

• Disabled parking spaces

• Electric vehicle spaces, with free charging points

• Staffed security cabin, 7am-7pm

• Toilets

• Cycle stands



For media enquiries please contact:

Dan Johnson,

Leeds City Council press office,

Tel: 0113 247 5472

Mob: 07891274102

Email: daniel.johnson2@leeds.gov.uk