Motorists are being encouraged to leave their cars behind and bypass city centre congestion as Leeds opens its 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  Wi-Fi 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.

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

Bob Dorr, service delivery director for First in West Yorkshire, 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.”

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