York Park & Ride services out for tender

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FirstGroup currently operates the Park & Ride services in York, utilising electric Optare Versas. JAMES DAY
FirstGroup currently operates the Park & Ride services in York, utilising electric Optare Versas. JAMES DAY

York’s Park & Ride services have been opened for tender bids for 2017, the York Press reported.

A new seven-year bus contract will start in early 2017 and council staff said it will offer frequent, low-floor and wheelchair accessible services from the six Park & Ride sites.

In addition, new audio-visual next stop displays and announcements will be introduced on the buses.

A senior councillor revealed that the new services will keep a direct connection to the railway station.

Cllr Keith Aspden, the Lib Dem member for Fulford and Heslington, said: “I am pleased the new contract will ensure that residents in the Fulford Road area will still be able to benefit from local bus services.

“It will stipulate that either the Park & Ride bus continues to stop as currently along Fulford Road or that an alternative service through to the railway station will be provided. This will help to make sure residents can continue to access the services they need.”

The Park & Ride services first started in the 1970s and now cater for more than four million passengers a year.

The council’s transport leader, Cllr Ian Gillies, added: “Our ambition is to work with the new operator to expand on this offer by introducing more ultra-low emission buses on our routes, continue to offer frequent and low-cost services and help to reduce congestion in the city centre in addition to other improvements to the service.”