Poppleton Bar park and ride site
The Council are claiming that battery powered buses will run from the Poppleton Park and Ride site from Sunday.
If they do, then it will be due to the efforts of workers on the car park and Poppleton roundabout improvements which were still far from finished earlier today.
Battery powered buses were first proposed by the, then LibDem controlled, Council in 2010.
The introduction of seven zero emission buses on the new park and ride route now is due to a grant from the coalition government.
It is a step in the right direction.
However, there will be some concern that the new service is being introduced before works at the car park site (opposite the Wyevale garden centre) and on the A59/A1237 junction have been completed.
The new service needs to be a showpiece for the City – not just in terms of appearance, but also in providing a swift journey across a junction which has often been congested in the past.
We seem to be some days away from being able to guarantee that kind of improved visitor experience.
The new Park and Ride site at Askham Bar seems to be further advanced and should be ready for service on Sunday.
Askham Bar new park and ride site layout. click to enlarge
Work at both new Park and Ride sites (Poppleton and Askham Bar) is now expected to be substantially completed by 30th May.
Some highway works at Poppleton will still be outstanding at that date.
The hope is that the sites themselves will become operational on 8th June.
The Council are imposing a 14% increase in fares for pensioner pass holders who use Park and Ride services.
Other passengers also face a 10p per journey increase.
The new fares, which will be introduced on 5th January, are as follows
||£2.60 (£2.70 from 5th Jan)
||£2.30 (£2.40 from 5th Jan)
||Stored Value Smartcard
||70p (80p from 5th Jan)
|£10.40 (£10.80 from 5th Jan)
||1 Week Smartcard
|£41.60 (£43.20 from 5th Jan)
||1 Month Smartcard
|£416 (£432 from 5th Jan)
||1 Year Smartcard
The York council claimed before Christmas that there had been an increase in bus usage since the summer and put it down to reduced bus fares.
Extended Park&Ride (P&R) services on Thursdays and free Boxing Day P&R travel.
A late night shoppers service will operate on all five Park&Ride routes every Thursday, with the last bus leaving the city centre on all routes at around 9.30pm (for exact timings visit http://www.itravelyork.info/).
The first extended service will run from the 28 November to coincide with the biggest Christmas market in York’s calendar – St Nicholas Fayre.
In addition to this, passengers will also be able to take advantage of FREE travel on Boxing Day on the three key P&R routes which will be operating.
Three Park & Ride services will operate on Boxing Day:
◦Askham Bar (white line – route 3) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Tower Street at 6.45pm
◦Designer Outlet (red line – route 7) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.42pm
◦Monks Cross (silver line – route 9) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.43pm
All three services will operate at a 15 minute frequency throughout the day and will be FREE for all passengers (and will stop at all usual stops along the route).
Askham Bar (Tadcaster Road) roadworks
Working in partnership with Balfour Beatty, City of York Council will be carrying out night works for the revised junction at the new Askham Bar Park & Ride site from next week.
A series of night-time closures will be in place from Monday 18 November until Thursday 28 November on the inbound and outbound carriageways along the A1036 from the A64 to Sim Balk Lane.
The carriageway will be closed from 9pm and will be re-opened at 6am. The closures will not take place on the evenings of Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November.
Alternative diversion routes will be in place and signed. Access to the Esso Petrol Station will be maintained at all times from the York side of the junction.
Poppleton Bar Roadworks
It could be June 2014 before the A59 Park and Ride site near Poppleton opens.
The Tour de France is due to go through the junction on 6th July.
The work was initially held up because of delays in re-routing underground services
Askham Bar (Tadcaster Road) roadworks
The first main traffic management change has just been brought into operation to enable commencement of the subway construction.
The junction changes at Askham Bar will be completed in December with the main site opening in May 2014.
Both opening dates could be delayed if we have a bad winter.
The York Council wants to permit outdoor entertainments to be staged at the Rawcliffe Park and Ride site.
They are applying to extend the license that currently applies to the adjacent Rawcliffe Country Park.
Rawcliffe Park and Ride site
The application is phrased to give the impression that the car park will be commandeered if the adjacent country park is unsuitable for outdoor events – for example as a result of flooding.
However the requested hours of operation cover the full week and in particular the times when the car park is heavily used for the park and ride service.
The entertainment license would apply between 09:00hours to 2200 hours except Fridays and Saturdays when the hours extend to 2300 hours.
No explanation for the circumstances in which the license would be used have been provided for a committee meeting which is taking place on Thursday 24th October.
The main problems are likely to arise if organisers start setting up during the hours that the car park is normally in heavy use.
NB. A fireworks display and outdoor entertainment event is scheduled to take place at the Rawcliffe Country Park on Sunday 3rd November.
Called “Kaboom” it is advertised as the counties biggest fireworks display. Last year a similar event resulted in extensive damage to the Rawcliffe Country Park because of wet conditions.
Plans to hold the Galtres Festival at Rawcliffe earlier this year were abandoned in favour of a venue near Helmsley.
First has been awarded York’s Park & Ride (P&R) contract for a further three years.
Working in partnership with the council, First York has successfully operated all five P&R sites for more than 15 years and will continue to do so for another three years.
In addition, one of the city’s principle bus companies has now also been signed-up to operate the new P&R site at Poppleton, which is set to open in 2014.
Vehicles used in York eco bus trial in 2010
As part of the new agreement First will be operating a new electric bus service from the new 600-vehicle facility at Poppleton Bar, which is set to open in Spring 2014. The purchase of the buses has been part funded through the Coalition Government’s Green Bus fund, which awarded £594k to First in May.
Six electric buses are set to be deployed on the York Park & Ride network, though a bid submitted by First York. The new buses will provide cleaner and greener bus journeys for thousands of passengers across the city.