UK’s first solar park and ride opens
The UK’s first Park and Ride service powered entirely by solar panels and battery storage, and using only electric buses, has opened in Stourton, Leeds.
The £38.5m project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will also incorporate 26 electric vehicle (EV) charging points, which will also be powered by the solar array and battery storage units.
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said in BusinessGreen, “This is a step forward in tackling the climate emergency and our wider aim of transforming the Leeds City Region into a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”
Kim Groves, transport lead for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, added, “Enhanced public transport links will not only enable firms to attract high calibre staff from across the south and east of Yorkshire but also significantly improve the daily commute for those already employed in Leeds.”