Stourton Park and Ride and A61(S) Bus Corridor Public Engagement

Park & Ride is an important element of the emerging Transport Strategy for Leeds.

Park & Ride is good for the city economy and the environment as it reduces parking in the city centre and also helps to reduce congestion and improve the city’s air quality by reducing the number of cars entering the city centre.

Stourton Park and Ride will complement the Elland Road and Temple Green Park and Rides, catering for trips south-east of the city with access via Junction 7 of M621, A61S and A639.

Benefits of the Stourton Park and Ride

  • Easy access – Car park with 1100 spaces adjacent to the road network with access from M621 (Jct 7) / A61S / A639.
  • Convenient for commuters – Reduces costs and time and other visitor’s journeys to Leeds City Centre.
  • Enhanced facilities – Bus pick up / drop-off point with departure lounge, real-time information, smartcard ticketing, car park security and welfare facilities.
  • Accessibility – Dedicated disabled / parent and child / mobility scooter / motorcycle and bi-cycle parking spaces.
  • Benefitting the environment – Electric vehicle charging points, cycle facilities and new landscaping and amenity features and reduced congestion in the City Centre.

The bus service will also provide a high quality transport link along A61 Low Road / Hunslet Road, past the education establishments, through Leeds South Bank area to the City Centre. The regeneration of Leeds South Bank will provide over 35,000 new jobs and 4000 new homes.

A639 Low Road / A61(S) Hunslet Road Bus Corridor and Highway Improvements

In connection with the provision of the park & ride site at Stourton, Leeds City Council are also proposing to improve the A639 Low Road / A61(south) Hunslet Road corridor from the Stourton park and ride site into the city centre.

The corridor improvement works will include the following:

  • A dedicated bus lane from the Thwaite Gate area both into and out of the city centre, to provide the high quality bus provision;
  • Provision of a fully segregated cycle track from the Thwaite Gate area both into and out of the city centre, to provide a safety and high quality cycle route along Low Road and Hunslet Road;
  • Major junction improvement at the Thwaite Gate/Wakefield Road/Pontefract Lane junction, to improve junction capacity and bus journey times;
  • Improvements to all junctions along the Low Road and Hunslet Road route, by means of minor realignments and improvement of the traffic signal equipment to improve junction capacity, improve journey times and reduce congestion;
  • The widening of Low Road between the Church Street and Sussex Avenue junctions to enable the provision of the bus and cycle lanes;
  • The introduction of soft landscaping, planting and trees along various sections of the corridor to improve overall visual appearance of the Low Road/Hunslet Road route; and
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle links from the local communities onto the corridor.

Local benefits of the Stourton Park and Ride

  • Local Bus Service Improvements
    • Thwaite Gate area and the city centre, and thereby reducing these bus journey times;
    • As part of wider transport investment in Leeds , measures to improve local bus services particularly on Belle Isle Road will be investigated;
  • Increased connectivity - New footway / cycleway links across the site and around M621 J7 for all non-motorised users, so local people can walk / cycle and use the park and ride buses and facilities;
  • Security - Manned security of the site during operational hours and CCTV out of hours that can cover the site and adjacent areas;
  • Employment - Proposed small retail/business units on the P&R site will provide potential employment opportunities;
  • Improved drainage - All hard surface area run-off will be stored underground and released slowly into the highway drainage system;
  • Environment
    • Provision of electric vehicle charging points and potential use of electric buses to encourage and promote the city’s clean air zone;
    • A landscaping strategy, planting trees / plants / hedges that will improve visual amenity, provide noise screening and have a positive impact on air quality for local residents;
  • Traffic Improvements
    • Potential reduction of traffic through Middleton and Belle Isle that will now use the park and ride site, with vehicular access from the M621, A61 and A639 only; and
    • Increased number of running lanes on the A61 and A639 on approach and around M621 Junction 7, facilitated by new traffic signals which should improve traffic movements in the peak hours

Stourton Park & Ride images

A61-A639 (JPG 169KB)
Hunslet Cemetery 1 (JPG 196KB)
Hunslet Cemetery 2 (JPG 214KB)
Hunslet Cemetery Eye Level 1 (JPG 211KB)
Hunslet Cemetery Eye Level 2 (JPG 190KB)
M621 above J7 (JPG 137KB)
Middlecroft Close (JPG 123KB)
Middleton Ring Road 1 (JPG 117KB)
Middleton Ring Road 2 (JPG 135KB)
Misc 1 (JPG 202KB)
Misc 2 (JPG 179KB)
Misc 3 (JPG 203KB)
Misc 4 (JPG 211KB)
Orion Walk (JPG 152KB)
Park & Ride inbound view from roundabout (JPG 160KB)
Parnaby Road (JPG 197KB)