A raft of changes to transport and travel in York will be discussed at a meeting taking place on 11th May. The changes include
e-scooters & e-bikes
Officials claim that there have been no accidents involving the hire scooters since they were introduced to York last year. No information is provided on reliability or the scooters vulnerability to vandalism.
Very recently e-bikes have been added to the hire options available.
Officials are now proposing to extend their availability to areas outside the outer ring road. Initially these will include Haxby, Wigginton and Poppleton.
Bus franchising option rejected.
The Government is set to end the COVID-19 bus support grants in July 2021. They may be extended in certain circumstances.
Councillors are set to reject an opportunity to introduce bus franchising into the City. In effect this option allows the Council to seek tenders to run bus services on specific routes or zones. It offers an opportunity to influence fare levels and frequencies and avoids competition. However, it could be a very expensive option
In York, which (pre virus) had a generally well used bus service, several routes already operate on a contract basis. These include the popular park and ride services and those to and from the University.
Seven bus companies currently operate in York. The largest in First.
Instead of extended franchise working, the authority seems likely to opt for what is known as an “enhanced partnership”.
By October, Councils must publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), setting out how bus services will be improved in the local area.
ResPark decision for Tadcaster Road area
The Council is set to turn down a request for a Res Parking zone to be set up in the Slingsby Grove/Royal Chase area. Residents turned the idea down in a recent poll.
A scheme will be introduced in the St Edwards Close area where the majority of residents supported the idea.