Way back in 2013 before a single brick had been laid for newly opened retail and leisure development, The Springs, at Thorpe Park Leeds, we prepared a comprehensive Public Transport Strategy for the site, as part of our wider Travel Plan Manager role.
Acting on behalf of our client, Scarborough International, we were tasked with agreeing an appropriate level of future service provision (and associated financial contribution) with Leeds City Council and WYCA, with a view to making the development acceptable in land use and transport planning policy terms, but also with an eye on the practicalities of this – ensuring that the new development would be as accessible as possible for employees and customers.
In early 2018, discussions began in earnest with various bus operators, with each preparing a proposal for how they intended to deliver the minimum requirements, set by planning, of 2 buses per hour to Leeds city centre.
Having reviewed the proposals on behalf of our client, we were pleased to enter into a partnership with First Bus to deliver a brand new direct, limited stop bus service (X26/27) to Thorpe Park Leeds and The Springs. The package presented by First saw 4 buses an hour introduced from mid-October at no cost to the developer (despite there being a sizeable S106 pot set aside to subsidise a service).
Since then First have also taken the decision to extend their existing number 11 service through Thorpe Park, taking the overall frequency of buses between the business park and the city centre to 5 an hour – a significant improvement on the planning requirement and a massive achievement for our team!
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