York's two new Park and Ride sites at Poppleton Bar and Askham Bar were officially opened for business on June 12th. The openings mark the culmination of Labour's local manifesto commitment to increase the number of park and ride sites in York.
Demand for Park and Ride services has increased enormously over the last 24 years, with just 160,000 journeys being made on the service in 1990, rising to over 4 million journeys last year. The new sites are expected to reduce the number of unecessary car journeys on York's roads by as many as 300,000 per year - easing congestion for those who depend on their cars.
A fully electric P&R fleet of buses - manufactured by local company Optare - will serve the new Poppleton Bar site. The buses will also offer free wi-fi.
The £22.7 million pound project has been 70 per cent part funded by the government following a successful bid for funding by the council. At the same time, major improvements are also being made to the A59/A1237 roundabout to help alleviate congestion.
Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“The £22.7m project represents one of the largest single investments in York’s transport infrastructure since the northern ring road was built in the 80s. This has been our stated priority for the last three years and builds on our existing portfolio of Park & Rides sites. This is critical for York’s future economic prosperity and environmental wellbeing and we are delighted to be delivering this major improvement today.”
For more information about all York's Park and Ride services, please see the iTravel York site by clicking here.