How to safely travel to and from work at Wellington Place
With many companies planning to reopen their offices over the coming weeks, we caught up with our dedicated Travel Plan coordinator, Charlotte Best, for the most up-to-date advice on commuting safely.
As we slowly return to the workplace you may be considering a more active commute, for example walking or cycling, whether that be for all or just part of your journey.
Walk to work
Like a lot of people commuting into Leeds, walking to my local rail station was part of my everyday commute. Whilst working from home, I still thought it was important to get out for a walk each morning to help me get started for the day.
Obviously, there can be a few obstacles to overcome, but there are huge benefits!
If you plan on walking to work, it’s worth planning your route by using a route planner such as Google Maps or Walkit. These journey planners can help you find direct, quieter or new routes to keep your commute interesting. It’s helpful to have the right kit – comfortable shoes, a raincoat or umbrella and backpack are must-haves – just in case you have lots to carry or get caught in the rain!
Cycle to work
One of the great things about cycling for travel to and from work is as long as you have a bike, you are good to go! By planning your cycle journey in advance using a route planning tool such as the one from CityConnect or a local cycle map (West Yorkshire Cycle Map), you can find the location of on-road cycle routes leading to Wellington Place, as well as understanding more about the route and difficulty of your cycle journey.
Wellington Place cycle leader, Richard, has some useful tips and advice if you are considering taking to two wheels for your daily commute.
There’s also lots of helpful information available online from British Cycling through their ‘Commute Smart’ series which covers all aspects of commuting by bike, whether you’re an experienced commuter or cycling to work for the first time.
Once you arrive on-site, facilities such as cycle parking and a cycle maintenance stand are available for you to use. We also have shower and changing facilities open in all buildings that you can safely use.
Wellington Place also has a cyclists’ Facebook Group.
Also, be sure to check if your company has a Cycle to Work scheme as this can be useful for saving money when purchasing bikes or cycling accessories.
Travel by Public Transport
If you are planning on travelling to Wellington Place by public transport, here are a few handy tips and things to consider before beginning your journey:
Planning your journey: There are a number of online journey planning tools and websites available which offer real-time information updates, timetabling and ticketing options.
If you’re travelling from anywhere in West Yorkshire using public transport, you can use the WY Metro Journey Planner to plan your route to Wellington Place. Alternatively, you can use Google Maps to plan your route from A to B and compare all the options available to you by selecting the public transport icon.
Operators also have apps that will list out your travel options, including details of the nearest bus stops and walking routes. The app will tell you which service to catch, where from, what time, and how long your journey will last, but don’t forget that the app will only list services provided by that public transport operator.
If you want to check out the full list of options available to you, make sure to use a journey planner such as the WY Metro Journey Planner or Google Maps.
Alternatively, if you are not certain of the times you will be travelling or would like to know more about the frequency of a service, timetables are useful. The easiest way to access timetables is by visiting the website of the public transport operator or by visiting the WY Metro website and selecting ‘rail or bus’.
If you are intending to travel by rail, you can plan your journey in advance online by searching for timetabling information here, or by using the National Rail App.
Understanding your ticket options: Whether you are planning on travelling to Wellington Place everyday or easing into a more flexible way of working, there are a number of ways to pay for your journey, along with some big savings to be made. Here are some tips on choosing the right ticket for you:
If you are travelling everyday using the same bus service or operator, joining a Commuter Travel Club means you could benefit from discounted monthly bus travel. As a Wellington Place occupier, you have access to the First Bus, Arriva and Transdev Commuter Travel Clubs. If you regularly commute between two rail stations, it may be worth buying a rail season ticket.
If you are planning on only occasionally travelling by public transport, see if you can buy a multi-journey or a batch of tickets in advance to use when suits you.
- DaySaver tickets are available from all bus operators, and Transdev have introduced 5 and 10-day ticket bundles on popular routes, perfect for if you’re travelling less often and still want to save on the cost of buying individual tickets.
- Northern Rail have introduced a Flexi Season Ticket in order to assist you with new working patterns, meaning you could get 10% off 10-day tickets on selected routes.
On your journey: Whilst on your journey, it’s important to follow the latest government guidance. This includes maintaining social distancing from others, wearing a face mask on public transport and in transport hubs such as a rail station (unless you are exempt), and using contactless payments where possible.
Completing your journey: When finishing your journey, you should follow guidance at your destination and remember to wash your hands as soon as possible for at least 20 seconds.
Drive to work
If you do decide to drive to Wellington Place, there are a number of parking deal offers available which may help you find parking in the city centre:
- NCP are currently running an offer through the ‘ParkPass’ App, which allows you to park for 24 hours for £7.50 when booked through the App. Full details of the offer can be found online here and is subject to change. Use the postcode LS1 4AP for the NCP at Wellington Place.
- Leeds City Council car parks (excluding Quarry Hill) are offering parking at £1 per hour or £5 per day when paid using the Park Mobile App. If you pay at the machine, you have to pay normal rates which are listed online. The closest car parks to Wellington Place are Castle Street Car Park and West Street Car Park. More information can be found here.
Park & Ride: A cheaper and convenient way to travel to and from work at Wellington Place is by Park and Ride. The Elland Road Park and Ride service (PR1) has now re-opened and there are 1350 car parking spaces available for use. Parking on-site is free and bus tickets are £3 per day or £2.70 when you buy 20 on smartcard. The journey only takes 10-minutes into the city centre and the bus stops at T9 on Boar Lane which is a short walk from Wellington Place, as shown on this map. Buses run every 8-15 minutes between 6am and 8.35pm so it’s likely you’ll not have to wait too long for another bus!
Rail-based Park and Ride also exists at Apperley Bridge, Kirkstall Forge and Low Moor.
Like all other forms of public transport, Park and Ride users are asked to adhere to social distancing and face coverings are mandatory (unless exempt) on all buses and within waiting areas.
Carshare: We would normally promote car sharing as an alternative to driving alone, however for some this may not be possible or suitable. Guidance recommends that if you normally share a journey with people from other households or outside your support bubble, where possible, find an alternative way to travel. If you do need to travel with someone from outside your household or support bubble, the latest guidance can be found here.
Thank you to Charlotte for providing these helpful tips for travel to and from work. If you have any concerns about travelling to Wellington Place or need assistance with planning your journey, please do not hesitate to contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0113 246 0204.