Free bus and park & ride for wakefield

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A £2.5M 500-space park and ride system could help solve the strain being put on city centre car parking.

Wakefield Council is currently looking at four sites which could be aimed at both visitors and workers.

Land off the A650, junction 39 and junction 40 of the M1 and the A638 Doncaster Road could provide the answer.

And fresh surveys of these areas are to be completed this year to identify a favourite.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said park and ride had been looked at in the past.

She said: “I think the time is right now. Wakefield is growing and growing fast, and everything is coming together now.

“Park and Ride is being looked at and we have to do it right.

“We have got to be careful and do it properly, as it hasn’t worked in other places like Doncaster.”

She said the council’s other aim was to introduce a free bus service to Pinderfields Hospital.

This would provide visitors and patients with better access, as well as encouraging workers to park away from the centre.

Rishworth Street multi-storey car park has been regenerated and Quebec Street coach park could soon be improved to meet the demand for tourists.

The council’s Newton Bar site, which will be empty once staff move to their new Merhant Gate building, could also provide additional temporary parking spaces.