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Warning to drivers ahead of Rugby World Cup matches in Leeds

Drivers heading to Elland Road to watch the rugby fixtures between Italy and Canada and Scotland and USA this weekend are being advised to plan their journey in advance to avoid busy periods.

Elland Road is hosting two matches in the Rugby World Cup this weekend

Highways England says it expects traffic to be heavier than usual on the M621 and surrounding routes as fans travel to the game. With kick-off at 2.30pm on both days they anticipate busy periods a few hours before and after the game.

Highways England Traffic Officers at the regional control centre in Wakefield will be monitoring traffic, setting electronic signs and dispatching patrols of Traffic Officers to clear up any incidents as quickly as possible to keep supporters and other motorway users on the move. They will also be keeping a close eye on the potential for heavy traffic before and after the game.

We have been working hard for several months with local partners and the event organisers to consider the impact of these two events on the local and regional network.

Additional signing has been put up on our network on the M621 and by the local council on the A68 (M) and the A64 (M) to help with the park and ride schemes that have been put in place to help alleviate congestion.

We urge spectators travelling by car to plan ahead, allow extra time and follow the signs on roads in and around Leeds.

– Highways England

Maths class record set at Elland Road

A new world record has been set at Elland Road this morning for a giant maths lesson - taken by legendary television presenter Johnny Ball.

Thousands of pupils watched on at Leeds United's ground, smashing the previous record by miles. Johnny, a maths enthusiast, delivered a practical maths lecture to students aged between nine and thirteen.


Volunteer game makers wanted for Rugby World Cup

It is less than 600 days until the start of next year's Rugby World Cup. England is hosting the competition and Elland Road is an official venue. Today, building on the success of the London Olympics' volunteer games makers, organisers have started a search for an army of volunteers.

They will be helping welcome fans and making sure people get to the stadiums. 6000 volunteers are needed and as David Wood reports they are keen to reward people who already volunteer at grassroots clubs.

Councillors set to approve Elland Road park and ride scheme

Artist's impression of proposed Elland Road park and ride scheme Credit: Leeds City Council

Final approval for the creation of the city’s first major bus-based park and ride scheme will be considered by senior councillors in Leeds next week.

At its meeting at Civic Hall on Wednesday 6 November, the council’s executive board will be asked to give the go-ahead to the £2.8million project to create a new park and ride scheme to be run from the council-owned car parks to the west of Elland Road Stadium.

The plan and designs have been drawn up by Leeds City Council and Metro, with the scheme seeing the introduction of an express bus service running every 15 minutes to and from Boar Lane in Leeds city centre.

The service would run from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Saturday matchdays when Leeds United are playing at home. Running initially for a five-year period, the service would provide parking space for up to 800 vehicles.

Work on site would see a formal parking area being put in place along with bus waiting facilities, a shelter, lighting, signage, ticketing machines, fences, CCTV and landscaping .

Planning permission was granted last week, so should executive board approve the plans work would be expected to start on site in February 2014 with the service scheduled to start operating three months later in May.

Elland Rd to host Scottish and Italian games

Leeds United chief executive Shaun Harvey has welcomed the announcement that Elland Road will host two games when Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to England.****

Rugby World Cup is the third largest global sporting event and will see the top 20 international teams compete for the Webb Ellis Cup.

The stadium has already staged England football internationals, Rugby League internationals and was among the venues for Euro 96.

The stadium will play host to two games, on September 26/27 2015, featuring Scotland and Italy.

"We’re delighted that the stadium has been selected as one of the venues to be used during Rugby World Cup 2015," said Mr Harvey.

“It promises to be an exciting event showcasing all that is good about sport and this gives us the opportunity to play host to a prestigious global competition.


Elland Rd to host Rugby World Cup games

Elland Road stadium Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds United's Elland Road stadium has been confirmed as one of 13 venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, tournament organisers announced today.

The stadium will host two games during the six week long festival of rugby.

England will kick off the tournament at Twickenham on the evening of Friday September 18, 2015, against a team from the Oceania qualifying group, likely to be Fiji.

The 13 venues selected are: Twickenham (10 matches); Wembley Stadium (two matches); Olympic Stadium (five matches); Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (eight matches); Etihad Stadium, Manchester (one match); St James' Park, Newcastle (three matches); Elland Road, Leeds (two matches).

King Power Stadium, Leicester (three matches); Villa Park, Birmingham (two matches); Kingsholm, Gloucester (four matches); stadium mk, Milton Keynes (three matches); Amex Stadium, Brighton (two matches) and Sandy Park, Exeter (three matches).

Capital One cup: Leeds suffer defeat to Chelsea

Leeds United have suffered a 5-1 defeat to Chelsea in the quarter final of the capital one cup at Elland Road. The home side scored early on with this shot from Becchio in the 36th minute.

Chelsea were denied a goal just before the break from a Lampard free kick...and it wasn't until the secod half that they finally got on the scoresheet. Mata with the first, which opened the floodgates - for goals from Ivanovic, Moses, Hazard and Torres.

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