Cost of travelling on city’s park and ride is to increase

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The cost of travelling on York’s park and ride buses is to increase in the New Year, council chiefs said yesterday.

York Council, which announced the increases yesterday, said they were in line with national inflation and said the hike was needed to help meet rising operational costs.

The announcement means that from January 5 a number of fares will go up including a standard return which will increase from £2.60 to £2.70, a MinsterCard return will increase by 10 pence to £2.40, a monthly MinsterCard will increase from £41.60 to £43.20 and an annual MinsterCard will increase from £416 to £432.

There will be no change to single fares which have been frozen.

Coun Dave Merrett, the council’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “York’s Park & Ride service was one of the first in the country and is one of the best and busiest, with 4 million passenger journeys last year, and still rising.

“The fare increase will help to meet the increased operational costs of running York’s current high-quality Park & Ride service and enable customers to continue enjoying a high quality service.

“2014 will also see us opening a new Park & Ride off the A59 near Poppleton, and a much larger replacement Askham Bar site off the A64, which is great news for both existing and potential new users.”

Work got underway on the £22.7m Access York Park and Ride project following confirmation that the Government will provide £15.3m in funding – about 70 per cent – of the overall costs to create the two new sites at Poppleton Bar and Askham Bar.

First, who run the park and ride service under contract to York Council, said in a statement: “City of York Council and First have a lot of exciting plans for the Park & Ride services in 2014, including the new facility at Poppleton and new electric buses on Park & Ride services.”

For more details about York’s park and ride visitwww.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride

To plan routes to and from York by bus, use the online journey planner available at www.itravelyork.info and accessible via smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. The planner provides the best walking, cycling, public transport and driving routes in or through York at the touch of a button.

Passengers will be able to take advantage of free travel on Boxing Day on the three key park and ride routes which will be operating:

• Askham Bar – first bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Tower Street at 6.45pm.

• Designer Outlet – first bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.42pm.

• Monks Cross – first bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.43pm.

All three services will operate at a 15 minute frequency throughout the day and will be free.

Coun Merrett said: he hoped the move would: “help our city centre economy” and help kick start the sale season, encouraging shoppers to come to York.

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