Travel to work
Getting to and from work can take up a large portion of your day, so it's important to find a mode that suits you.
Rethink your commute
Working from home or flexible working
Do you have to travel to work every day? It might be worth asking your employer if you can work from home some or all of the time, or change the times of your working day. This means that you can reduce your travel costs and carbon footprint, as well as fitting your working day around your home commitments like child care, and you don’t have to travel in rush hour. All employees who have worked for their employer continuously for 26 weeks have the right to ask if they can work flexibly – that might be to do with hours, times or place of work – and any refusal must be explained objectively. The guide in the Useful links section of this page explains this further.
If you live within 3km of work, walking to work will take you less than 45 minutes. This is an excellent way of introducing regular exercise into your week and walking is a very reliable way of travelling, as it will take you the same amount of time every day and you won’t be held up by traffic jams. Use www.walkit.com to plan a walking route you are happy with, then step out with your favourite music or podcast and arrive at work ready for the day.
Cycling is one of the greenest modes of transport. Switching to cycling creates a greener, cleaner environment for your local community that everyone can benefit from. You will also improve your own health.
If you would like to start cycling but don’t feel confident, you could request a cycle training session from Cycle Leeds.
Check at your place of work whether they operate the cycle to work scheme. This is a government initiative which allows you to spread the cost of a bike and equipment over 12 months, and there are associated savings on tax and national insurance payments.
The exercise taken to walk to a bus stop or rail station and then relaxing while travelling on public transport helps to make people feel happier and sleep better, and switching from a car to public transport helps people lose weight and become healthier physically, according to an article on health by the Independent.
Don’t forget that each household is entitled to a free annual MCard for use on almost all buses in West Yorkshire, this includes Arriva buses, which stop close to Woodside, and you can also upgrade it for a fee to include rail travel too. Go to the Public transport page for more information.
Some employers offer loans to employees to help spread the cost of annual season tickets for public transport over the year. This could be useful if more than one person in your household will be travelling by public transport often, or after your free MCard expires.
Garforth rail station and East Garforth rail station are both accessible by bus from Woodside, and there are cycle parking facilities and 250 car parking spaces at Garforth station.
There is a Park and Ride facility at Templegreen, just off the A63 Pontefract Lane near M1 Junction 45. This has a high frequency of low-cost buses, and space for 1,000 cars to park for free. This way you can avoid the congestion and high parking charges in Leeds city centre.
Join www.wycarshare.com to find someone to car share with so that you can share the cost and responsibility of driving. You could also ask you employer if they run their own car share scheme.