Figures compiled by the Department for Transport (DfT) show that improvements made to York’s buses helped take 460,000 car trips off the city’s roads last year, the equivalent of a traffic jam from York to Moscow.
The DfT’s annual statistics on public transport use show that the number of people using York’s buses has increased for the fourth year in a row. Last year there were 16.8 million passengers on York’s buses, compared to15 million in 2012/13. This is a growth in passengers of 12 percent, which is in contrast with the rest of the Yorkshire and Humber region which has fallen by 4 percent.
Passenger satisfaction information, collected by Transport Focus on behalf of the York Quality Bus Partnership, also suggests that 90 percent of York’s bus passengers are satisfied with the service they receive – a rate above the national average of 87 percent, and above the rates for West and South Yorkshire.
The figures are similar to those found by a Liberal Democrat residents survey undertaken in west York last year
The council and bus operators have worked together to improve York’s bus network over the last few years through the York Quality Bus Partnership. Innovations in York have included:
- Improvements to bus information, including new on-street timetables and more real time displays
- Two new park and ride sites at Askham Bar and Poppleton Bar
- Fare reductions and new tickets
- Improvements to well used bus stops in the city centre including Museum Street and Exhibition Square.
- New electric buses on the Poppleton and Monks Cross park and ride services
- Introduction of refurbished electric open-top buses on the City Sightseeing tour service
- New services, such as the CityZap service between York and Leeds, and new vehicles and higher frequencies on some existing services
- Introduction of a multi-operator “AllYork” ticket and a smartcard ticket
- The introduction of two “Bus Wardens” and the bus enquiry desk at the Railway Station to help passengers
In the next six months there will be further improvements to the network, particularly opening improved bus interchanges at Stonebow and Rougier Street. New buses will also be introduced on Coastliner and EYMS services. FirstYork will be introducing new ticket machines across their network which will allow contactless payment. Over the next 12 months First will be introducing new buses on the Askham Bar, Rawcliffe Bar, Grimston Bar and Designer Outlet park and ride services as the new park and ride operating contract is introduced.
Park and Ride network
It seems that the council has finally received a bid to run its park and ride service. When the contract was first advertised no bids were forthcoming.
In the main the service will continue at it is today.
Key changes include
- a facility to use contactless bank cards to pay for journeys.
- Motorists will be able to park overnights (for up to three days) at the Askham Bar and Monks Cross sites (involving the provision of barrier access).
- New Euro VI compliant buses including the replacement of some articulated single deck buses with double deckers
- 11 single deck fully electric buses will be retained together with 3 fully electric double deckers
New Alexander Dennis Enviro 400MMC buses proposed
However users face a fare hike from £2-90 to £3-10 with a 10 minute frequency.
A number of enhancements including a late night service are on offer but are unlikely to be accepted for cost reasons.
The new contract will reduce the council’s income to an estimated £80,000 a year.
The Council have refused to disclose the name of the proposed operator.
The new contract will start next year.
24 – Ascot Way to York – click here for a timetable
Some minor changes will be made to the Monday to Saturday timetable from Monday 9th January:
- 08:09 from York Rail Station to Ascot Way will now start at Piccadilly at 08:04
- 18:04 from York Rail Station to Ascot Way will now start at Piccadilly at 18:08 and run up to 10 minutes later throughout
- 18:37 from Ascot Way will leave at 18:42 and run up to 5 minutes later throughout
– See more at: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/yorkshire/updates/yorkjan/#sthash.L58f3fcJ.dpuf
Other changes to York vbus services
||Brief summary of changes
||Service will run from Acomb to city centre only.
||Morning journey to run 5 mins earlier.
||Minor timetable change.
||Minor timetable change.
||Inbound service will set down passengers at Clifford St instead of Piccadilly.
||New route: Merchantgate – Hull Road – University of York
||New route: Merchantgate – Hull Road – Grimston Bar
||Minor timetable change.
||Minor timetable change.
||Earlier (0658) start time from Fulford.
||The 0635 trip from Rail Station to Copmanthorpe will be removed.
First are running a Bank Holiday bus service today.
The “free” 500 service is also running (although a little quiet at present)
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Service 500 will launch on Sunday 13 November and will run free of charge
In the run-up to Christmas, First York are trialling a Sunday service which will take passengers from Foxwood, Woodthorpe and Bishopthorpe, direct to Askham Bar Park & Ride, where they can connect with a direct, frequent buses on Park & Ride service 3 to York City Centre.
The service will also serve stops at Askham Bar Tesco.
At the time of writing First haven’t published a timetable for the service on their web site
The company says that recent changes by City of York Council have meant that residents of Woodthorpe and Bishopthorpe have been without a Sunday bus service. “We’re now launching a free shuttle bus service to Askham Bar Park & Ride to help you travel into York, and enjoy the Christmas shopping opportunities and festivities”.
First York Managing Director, Marc Bichtemann, comments: “At First York, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the best service possible. We wanted to ensure that our customers in Bishopthorpe, Woodthorpe and Foxwood who want to travel into York in the run-up to Christmas, have the opportunity to do so. We will therefore be offering a free shuttle bus service to the Askham Bar Park & Ride from this Sunday, and look forward to welcoming our customers on board.”
The service, numbered 500, will run with an electric bus, subject to availability, to reduce noise and emissions. The trial will end on Sunday 18 December. We’ll then assess demand for the service before deciding if it can be extended into 2017.
Services 1, 4, 5/5a, 10/10a & X10 affected
Service 1 – revised timetable
Chapelfields – City Centre – Wigginton
The Sunday afternoon timetable will be revised to provide more even gaps between buses.
An additional Saturday morning journey will be introduced from Wigginton.
An additional journey will be introduced at 2320 from Wigginton to the City Centre.
Service 4 – revised timetable
Acomb – Foxwood Lane – City Centre
Minor timetable changes, with more time allowed between Clifford Street and Station Road, to improve reliability.
Services 5/5A – revised timetable
Strensall – City Centre – Acomb
A revised timetable will be introduced, with some journeys adjusted to run slightly faster, such as the 0655 from Strensall.
An additional Monday to Friday morning peak journey will be introduced from Strensall to the City Centre.
Services 10/10A – revised timetable
Nether Poppleton – City Centre – Stamford Bridge
A revised timetable will be introduced, with improvements to the afternoon peak frequency.
Some duplicated evening journeys will be withdrawn.
Departure times from Piccadilly stop PA will be adjusted to remove clashes with other services.
A slight adjustment will be made to the morning journey past Manor School, to improve arrivals in relation to session times.
Service X10 – service withdrawn
Dunnington – City Centre – Askham Bar
We’re withdrawing this service so the resource can be reinvested to provide more services during peak times.
Revised timetables are available Forthcoming Timetables (click)