If you do need to drive, there are a few decisions you can make to help reduce the negative impacts of car travel, and can save you money, too.
Driving contributes to high traffic volumes and has a negative impact on air quality and the environment, and affects the overall appeal of the area. Before you set out, why not check if you could make your journey by public transport using the West Yorkshire Metro journey planner?
Are there more environmentally-friendly ways to use a car?
Car sharing schemes
If you usually drive you can decrease your impact on the environment and traffic by offering a lift to people who make a journey which is on the same route as yours, or by accepting a lift from someone. Rather than two or more cars making the same journey, drivers can travel together in a single car. You will also save money on parking, fuel and vehicle wear and tear. So whether you’d like to be the driver or the passenger, visit the West Yorkshire Car Share website where you can sign up and find someone to share with. You could also find out if your employer runs a car share scheme.
You might not be able to car share every day, and that’s ok – you might have child care commitments, or you might be going somewhere after work, like the gym or out for dinner. Car share arrangements can be flexible - you don’t have to car share every day to still make a positive impact by reducing traffic on the roads and reducing air pollution.
Park and Ride
There is a new Park and Ride facility at Templegreen on the A63 Pontefract Lane just west of M1 Junction 45, a 15-minute drive from Woodside. You can park here for free and use the buses to get in to Leeds city centre. Buses take 15 minutes to get to Leeds and there is a high frequency service. Templegreen offers:
- Electric vehicle charging points
- Cyclist facilities
- Heated waiting rooms and toilets on site
- Use of the bus is £3 for the day with 10% discount available if you buy 5, 10 or 20 tickets at once
- Up to three children can travel for free with each fare-paying adult. MCards can be used on the Park and Ride buses
Only need a car occasionally? Car clubs provide members with convenient access to cleaner vehicles without the hassles and expense of ownership (such as tax, MOT, fuel, servicing, repairs, depreciation and parking). According to Car Plus members who drive less than 8,000 miles per year could save up to £3,500 a year.
Car clubs are made up of members who want to use a car or van only occasionally. Car clubs usually provide modern cars which can be cleaner and more efficient than most others on the road, and you can say goodbye to the hassle of insurance, taxing and servicing. You pay an hourly rate for the time you reserve plus a mileage charge. Refuelling is free as there is a fuel card in the vehicle.
At the moment, Enterprise operates the car club for the Leeds area. The nearest vehicle to Woodside is parked in the Leeds Dock car park (LS10 1LU) and there are others in many locations around Leeds city centre. This means you can travel to work by sustainable modes and use a car club vehicle if you need to attend meetings that are not accessible by public transport, or if you have a lot to carry. New vehicles are added quite often, so check the Enterprise Car Club website to see if there are vehicles closer to Woodside.
At the time of writing, if you have an MCard the annual fee for the Enterprise Car Club is significantly discounted, and you get several hours of free driving credit. Please go to the Public transport page for more information.