Extension for park and ride services

Park and ride services in York are to be extended in the run-up to Christmas in a bid to boost the local economy.

Festive shoppers are being offered extended park and ride services in the city, while on Boxing Day people will be able to take advantage of free park and ride travel.

York Council is working with bus operator First to provide a late-night shopping service on all five park and ride routes every Thursday, with the last bus leaving the city centre on all routes at around 9.30pm.

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The first extended service will run from the November 28 to coincide with the biggest Christmas market in York’s calendar – St Nicholas Fayre.

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said yesterday: “Like last year, we hope the initiative will help our city centre economy in the build up to Christmas and kick start the sale season, encouraging even more shoppers to come to York.”

Frank Wood, chair of the Retail Forum, said: “The York Retail Forum is delighted that the park and ride will be not only open on Boxing Day but also be free to use. This will support visitors to York who will, after the delights, stresses and strains of Christmas Day, be able to relax with some retail therapy in the superb shopping destination of York.

“The extension to the late night shopping days will help to revitalise the use of shopping in the evening allowing the whole family to take part.”

The initiative is part of the York by Bus campaign, which aims to increase passenger use by 18 per cent by 2015.

Three park and ride services will be in operation across the city on Boxing Day: Askham Bar, the Designer Outlet, and Monks Cross.

To find out more or to find the best bus route through York, try out the council’s new i-Travel York online Journey Planner by visiting the website: www.itravelyork.info