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Published : 01/11/2012 00:00

New look for city centre car park

A Leeds city centre car park is reopening after a multi-million pound face-lift.

With all 1,200 spaces back in use, the new look Woodhouse Lane car park will be unveiled and modern payment facilities will be in operation from Saturday 3 November.

As a thank you to car park users for bearing with the disruption caused by the refurbishment, reduced parking charges will be in place from Monday 5 to Friday 9 November and again from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November.

The ageing facility has been brought up to standard. This has not only extended the life of the car park, but ensures it is ready to be one of the main car parks for the Leeds Arena when it opens in 2013.

Work on the 44 year-old building started in September 2011 and included: repairing the concrete structure, strengthening work; and installing a new stair and tower lift with a pedestrian access bridge.

The thousands of commuters, shoppers and students that use the car park every day will also benefit from enhanced lighting and improved safety with upgraded CCTV.

Getting in and out of the car park will now be a much smoother process. The old pay-on-foot machines and barriers have been replaced with new systems.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for the environment, said:

“We’re very pleased with the outcome of the refurbishment. People will now benefit from a state-of-the-art facility for years to come.

“With the introduction of up-to-date technology and different payment options, the car park will become much more user-friendly for visitors and regular users alike.

“We’d like to thank people for their patience while the work was carried out and I’m sure people will agree that the finished article was worth the wait.”

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

“The new Leeds Arena is going to be a fantastic addition to the city bringing thousands of visitors into Leeds to see shows and events. Ensuring the infrastructure around the arena is able to handle such large numbers of visitors effectively is an important part of the overall offer and this refurbishment of Woodhouse Lane car park forms a key part of that.”

The previous pay-on-foot system has been replaced by pay and display machines. Giving car park users more choice, a new cashless payment system is also being introduced. The new system will eliminate the scramble for cash and queuing to pay at a machine at peak times.

Car park users can register and pay for their parking by phone or using the Parkmobile website.

Once registered, people can call and enter the car park identity number over the phone or on the mobile website. Then when leaving the car park people can call or visit the website again to end their stay. Parking fees will be deducted from the payment method chosen at registration.

The reduced parking fees, Monday to Friday only, during the first two weeks of operation are:
• 1 hour - £1.50
• 2 hours - £3
• All day - £6

ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 395 1577
Email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk