Tender launched for York's park-and-ride
City of York Council has started a tender process for bus operators to bid for a new contract for its park-and-ride services which account for more than four-million passenger journeys each year.
York’s first park-and-ride service started in the late 1970s, operating from two free under utilised car parks just beyond the city walls, catering for peak demand for Christmas shopping and the first permanent park-and-ride site opened in 1990.
“What started out in the 70s as a small service has now grown exponentially to cater for over four-million passengers every year,” says Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning, City of York Council. “York’s park-and-ride is something to be proud of and is one of the most successful services in the UK.
“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.”
The new seven-year contact will operate from six dedicated sites across the city. In addition to this, new audio-visual next-stop displays will be introduced on all park-and-ride buses.
York became one of the first cities in the UK to introduce a new fleet of electric buses to its Poppleton Bar site in 2014.
Expanding on the ultra low emission bus offer in York is a key part of the new contract. The council is proposing to support this ambition by investing a one off capital contribution of £200,000 which will be used towards the purchase and installation cost of charging (electric) or fuelling (compressed natural gas or Hydrogen) equipment.
The tender process will close in August and the council is expected to award the new contract by October 2016.