Longer hours for park and ride

Elland Road Park and Ride.
Elland Road Park and Ride.

Elland Road Park & Ride is opening later at night for people travelling back from Leeds city centre.

In response to comments from users, the Park & Ride site will now remain open until 9.15pm. This extension gives people who are parked at the site to use bus services 51 and 52 from the city centre’s Vicar Lane to a stop on Elland Road, a few minutes’ walk from the Park & Ride entrance.

Park & Ride tickets will be valid between Leeds city centre and Elland Road on service 51 and 52 buses after 7pm.

Coun James Lewis, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee said: “Feedback from users of the Park & Ride has been overwhelmingly positive, but some people have said they would like to be able to leave their cars beyond the current closing time of 7.15pm.

“As a result we’ve extended the opening hours so people can catch regular bus services 51 or 52 from outside Kirkgate Market in the city centre to an Elland Road stop nearby to the park & Ride.”

Evening services 51 and 52 depart from the stop M7 on Vicar Lane at 6.57pm, 7.07pm (Monday to Friday), 7.17pm (Monday to Friday), 7.27pm, 7.57pm, 8.27pm and 8.57pm. Timetables and yournextbus real-time information for these services is available from www.wymetro.com. The yournextbus stop reference number 45010682.

Information about the extended hours, which will still apply when Leeds United have mid-week matches, is being put in the city centre Park & Ride service shelter on Boar Lane.

Tickets for the 10-minute journey between the 800-space Park & Ride and Leeds city centre cost from just £2.70 per day. Dedicated Park & Ride buses run every 10 minutes, from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, apart from Saturday Match Days when Leeds United are playing at home. There is no service on Sundays.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Transport and the Economy said: “With the holiday season coming to an end and more people returning to work, we are expecting the numbers of motorists taking advantage of the Park & Ride to grow, particularly as the positive feedback from commuters already using it spreads.

“It’s a quick and comfortable journey on the new, WiFi-equipped buses and with tickets starting from just £2.70 Elland Road Park & Ride is cheaper and hassle-free alternative to parking in the city centre. It’s situated just off the M621 which is ideally located for people travelling from along the M62 corridor.”

Paul Turner, First’s Head of Commercial added: “We’re very pleased to be able to support longer opening hours at the Elland Road Park & Ride site. With such positive feedback on the Park & Ride service so far, I’m sure customers will welcome the opportunity to extend their stay in Leeds and use one of the frequent First bus services from Leeds back to Elland Road.”