End of the road for Coventry PRN

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Coventry’s Park & Ride North (PRN) is ceasing after Saturday July 27 as a result of a steady decline in use. The service was based in Courthouse Green and was run by Centro and Coventry City Council, with services operated by Travel de Courcey.

Guy Craddock, Centro Area Manager for Coventry, said the decision to close PRN had not been taken lightly but it was losing money and current usage averaged just 2.8 passengers a trip.

He said: “Even though the service is subsidised by Centro at around £1,900 per week it is still making heavy losses.

“Surveys of the passengers who do use the service showed they would in the main either transfer to Park and Ride South or use another bus service into the city centre, so we are not likely to see an increase in car trips there as a result.

“It is regrettable we have to make this move but the service was not paying its way and we have a duty to get the best deal possible for taxpayers’ money.”

Launched in 1999 the Park & Ride service was designed to relieve traffic congestion from the city centre, and to provide a more affordable alternative to city centre parking.

Park and Ride South, also operated by Travel de Courcey, runs from War Memorial Park, off Kenilworth Road, will continue unaffected.