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Leeds City bus station

Leeds City
Location
Locale York Street, Leeds city centre
Local government City of Leeds
Operation
Opened 1938 (originally opened), 1996 (rebuilt)
Managed by Metro
Stands 26
Operators First West Yorkshire, Arriva Yorkshire, Centrebus Holdings, Transdev
Travel centre Yes
Intermodal connection Leeds City 800 metres away

Leeds City bus station serves the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The bus station is owned and managed by Metro. It is situated between the Quarry Hill and Leeds City Markets areas of Leeds city centre. The National Express Dyer Street Coach Station adjoins the bus station. It can be accessed from York Street and Dyer Street.

History

The bus station was opened in 1938 and was previously known as Leeds Central bus station. The original bus station was built at the same time and in the same style as the Quarry Hill flats. The original bus station was used as the back-drop for the opening credits of Yorkshire Television sitcom, Queenie's Castle.

The site was refurbished in 1964 and rebuilt in 1996 when National Express Coaches relocated to the site. Other bus stations on Lady Lane and Wellington Street were closed once the new station was constructed.

The bus station is situated away from the railway station meaning there is no central transport 'hub' in Leeds. To answer this a small bus interchange was constructed at the railway station in 2005 and linked to the bus station by a Freecitybus zero-fare bus service, which was replaced by the LeedsCityBus service in April 2011.[1]

Architecture

The building replaced a series of steel and concrete bus shelters. In line with most new bus stations in West Yorkshire, Leeds City is fully enclosed. The building is a single-storey brick-built structure with a glass roof that runs the full length of the bus station, allowing the maximum use of natural light. There are two concourses within the station, the bus concourse is situated on the eastern side of the building, while the National Express concourse is situated on the western side.

Operation

The bus station is owned and operated by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (Metro). It is the largest bus station of five in the city. There is a concorse for National Express Coaches and a bus concorse with 26 stands.

Nearly all buses from the bus station are to destinations out of the city, such as Ripon, Scarborough, Hull, Pontefract, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Halifax and Skipton.

The bus station is some distance from railway station, however there is the LeedsCityBus bus service linking the two locations.[1]

The main operators are First Leeds, Arriva Yorkshire, Yorkshire Coastliner, National Express, Keighley and District and Harrogate & District.

Most internal city bus (First Leeds) services the city centre roads; mainly on the public transport box (The Headrow, Park Row, Vicar Lane and Boar Lane). There are three smaller interchanges around the bus box area, one on Vicar Lane, one on Boar Lane and one on East Parade as well as numerous bus stands.

Under the now discontinued scheme of the Leeds Supertram the bus station would have had its own stop which would be used for access to both the bus station and the adjacent markets. The Leeds Trolleybus when fully complete is likely to have such a stop.

Services

Bus services

The main operators at the bus station include First West Yorkshire and Arriva Yorkshire, with other services run by Transdev's three Yorkshire operations, Harrogate and District, Keighley and District, Yorkshire Coastliner, plus Stagecoach in Hull, Stagecoach Yorkshire and Centrebus, who run the 757 bus service to Leeds Bradford International Airport.

There are plently of local services which link Leeds with the surrounding areas of the city such as Bramley, Cross Gates, Garforth, Headingley, Horsforth, Hunslet, Kirkstall, Morley and Seacroft.

In addition to this, there are several services which run to other towns and cities in West Yorkshire including Batley, Bradford, Brighouse, Castleford, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Halifax, Heckmondwike, Huddersfield, Ilkley, Keighley, Otley, Pontefract and Wakefield, plus the White Rose Centre and Leeds Bradford International Airport. Buses also run to places outside of West Yorkshire, such as Harrogate, Hull, Selby, Skipton, Tadcaster and York

Coach services

There are several coach services, which run from the other side of the bus station, the majority of these services being run by National Express Coaches with the others run by Eurolines. Stagecoach Group's coach operations Megabus doesn't operate from the coach station and stops on nearby Kirkgate.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Metro - Buses - Leeds CityBus". Metro. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 

External links

  • Metro's Leeds City bus station page
  • Central bus station St Peter's Street - Leodis
  • Leeds Central bus station (Picture of new bus station in the background) flickr

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