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Welcome to Leeds – a city failing to meet the needs of motorists

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ANYONE who drives into Leeds city centre on a daily basis doesn’t need me to tell them what a miserable experience it can be.

Dante depicted hell as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth. For me, it’s a wet weekday morning stuck in a queue of traffic halfway into my four-mile commute to work. The typical cause of this interminable delay? A broken- down vehicle somewhere on the inner ring road.

The misery doesn’t end there. Once you’ve made it through the traffic, you invariably face a bun fight to find a parking space.

I can’t speak for other big towns and cities, but the situation is desperate in Leeds. I’ve been driving into the city centre for the past 14 years and during that time the roads have become increasingly congested and parking an ever more dispiriting exercise.

A friend, who also drives to work, sent me a text a few weeks ago lamenting the fact he couldn’t find anywhere to park having exhausted all his usual options. This was at 8.25am.

In Holbeck, south of the River Aire, car parking is at a premium which has resulted in drivers, either out of ingenuity or desperation, parking on scraps of waste ground, underneath viaducts, on grass verges and in any........

© Yorkshire Evening Post