Park & Ride fare hike

From 26 March 2017 there will be a number of fare changes introduced on York’s Park & Ride network.

The Council claims, “These changes have been introduced in line with national inflation and earnings data and to help meet the operational costs of running York’s high-quality Park & Ride service”.

There was of course no fall in fare levels when the price of fuel plummeted 2 years ago.

The future of the park and ride service remains unclear following the failure of the Council to attract any bids to run the services under strict new contract rules. First has had its contract extended for a short period of time.

New fares are:

  • Day ticket (bought in multiples) to increase from £2.50 to £2.60
  • Adult returnto increase from £2.80 to £2.90
  • Adult weekly to increase from £11.20 to £11.60
  • Adult monthly to increase from £44 to £46.40
  • Adult annual to increase from £440 to £464

Neil Ferris, director of economy and place, said: “York’s Park & Ride service is one of the best and busiest in the country, making over four-million passenger journeys every year. This service still represents excellent value for money, offering low cost, free parking and frequent services. This is evidenced by our passenger numbers continuing to rise.

“The fare increase will help to meet the increased operational costs of running the Park & Ride and enable customers to continue enjoying this high quality service.”

Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director for First York, said: “We remain committed to providing safe, punctual and reliable bus travel in York and we are determined to continue to transform the overall bus experience for all of our customers. In light of today’s announcement, I’d like to encourage customers who regularly purchase single day tickets from the driver to consider using the York by bus smart card which offers packs of 5, 10 or 20 day return tickets and will ultimately work out cheaper.

“We have also introduced some changes to our First York ticket options. This includes increasing the number of people who can travel using the group ticket, from four to five, and two fare changes to our group and monthly travel tickets. I’d therefore advise customers to visit our website for further updates on these changes.”

York has six P&R services/sites across the city including:

  • Poppleton Bar  (service 59)
  • Askham Bar  (service 3)
  • Grimston Bar (service 8)
  • Monks Cross (service 9)
  • York Designer Outlet (service 7)
  • Rawcliffe Bar (service 2)

For more details about York’s Park&Ride visit www.itravelyork.info/park-and-ride

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