WHITBY’S NEW Park and Ride scheme can go a long way to ensuring tourists continue to be attracted to the seaside town, according to County Councillor Joe Plant.
Coun Plant was joined by Transport Minister and Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill to officially open the new transport infrastructure, and the scheme had been hotly anticipated to beat traffic congestion which has plagued the town for years, he said.
“Tourism is the key to Whitby’s continued prosperity, and making it much easier for visitors to get into and out of the town without clogging up the highways network and without making the daily life of the residents more difficult is a major step forward,” Coun Plant said.
The scheme began operating in time for the Easter holidays and has so far been used by more than 90,000 passengers, North Yorkshire County Council said. It connects visitors to the port with a newly created car park on the outskirts of the town.
During the August Bank Holiday weekend alone, just under 6,000 passengers used the service.
The county council, which masterminded the scheme, said the service had proved so popular that on several occasions the standard Park and Ride single decker buses have been supplemented by double deckers to meet demand from passengers.
The car park – which has space for 450 vehicles – has been full to capacity on many days this summer, the council said.