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Plan Ahead for a busy weekend in the city

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead when travelling into Leeds city centre this weekend, using alternative methods of transport or allowing extra time for journeys to avoid being affected by traffic congestion.

The city centre recently enjoyed its busiest footfall figures since before the covid pandemic, and is expected to get even busier as more shoppers flock to the city in the run-up to Christmas.

As a result the city’s roads are getting busier, and with planned industrial action affecting rail services this weekend the council is encouraging people to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time when travelling into the city.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Leeds City Council’s executive member for infrastructure and climate, said: “It’s fantastic to see such high footfall in the city once again as we approach the festive season, and we don’t want traffic congestion to dampen anyone’s spirits.

“If you’re planning to travel to the city centre this weekend I would encourage you to use alternative methods of transport such as the Park and Ride service, buses or cycling or walking.

“The Park and Ride service is a great alternative to driving into the city. If you feel you really must drive into the city centre, please plan your journey in advance, allow extra time, and consider travelling outside of peak hours.”

Park and Ride, and alternative routes around the city

Alternative ways to travel into and around the city include:

  • Leeds has three Park and Ride sites located at Stourton, Elland Road and Temple Green. Cheaper than city centre parking with electric buses running every 10-15 minutes, direct into the centre. Adult return fares are £3 before 3pm and only £1 after with up to three children travelling free with every fare paying adult.
  • Customers can plan a journey by public transport using Moovit. Further information for rail passengers on strike affected services is available on the National Rail website.
  • Cycling or walking into the city.
  • Motorists who have no option other than to drive should consider travelling outside of peak times where possible, or use alternative routes which do not pass through the city centre, such as using Junction 4 of the M621 instead of Junction 3.

    A map of alternative routes has been produced along with directions to a number of key destinations, which all avoid using Junction 3 of the M621 leading on to the route towards City Square where major highways works are currently underway.

    The dedicated webpage contains details of ongoing works around the city centre, along with links to the national one.network system showing all planned utility and roadworks across Leeds. Visitors can also sign up to receive regular email updates.

    Reporting highways issues

    Members of the public who spot any issues on the city’s road network such as an obstruction or a traffic signal fault are encouraged to report these to the council on 0113 376 0499 (using option 2) so they can be resolved as quickly as possible.

    Posted on 24th November 2022

    by Dane Hiscocks