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Scarborough Park and Ride Sites Close For Winter Tonight

Scarborough Park and Ride Sites Close For Winter Tonight

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 9:49am 29th October 2019. (Updated at 8:13am 3rd November 2019)

Scarborough’s two park and ride sites will close for the winter tonight (Sunday) following a money-saving decision taken earlier this year.

In June, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive approved plans to close the Filey Road and Seamer Road sites between November and early April in a bid to save money.

The out of season closure was also the preferred option of the borough’s county councillors and also the public following a consultation. Other options had included the permanent closure of one or both of the sites.

The sites, which both hold 600 vehicles and run a bus service into Scarborough every 15 minutes through the day seven days a week, are costing the county council a combined £473,000 a year to operate.

A total of 560 people responded to a consultation on what should be done with the sites, with 58.2% of people backing the out of season closure.

The second most popular option was the closure of the Seamer Road site, which was favoured by just under 20% of respondents.

Figures prepared for the county council show that in 2011-12 a total of 238,694 passengers used the Seamer Road site but that fell to 124,786 in 2017-18.

The number of passengers using the Filey Road site also fell dramatically over the same period with 147,137 fewer people using it in 2017-18 compared to 2011-12 when the figure stood at 294,468.

Earlier this year, members of the county’s Scarborough Area Committee bemoaned the site of “ghost buses” from the park and ride sites travelling around the town with no passengers on them and backed the closure during the winter months.

A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman confirmed that the park and ride services will run for the final time on Sunday  before reopening next year in late March or early April depending on demand.

 

 

 

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Fileyman, on 3rd November 2019 2:04pm
I just have this feeling it may not return next year..
Diddy dave, on 3rd November 2019 4:24pm
so resident parking is going to be worse as everybody will be coming into town on discs not thaught about at all as usual it is bad enough having to pay and not be able to get near youre house
Fileyman, on 4th November 2019 7:30am
The reason people see empty buses on the P&R is quite simple.

The buses from the site into town upto around 11.00am are carrying passengers, but obviously they have to get back to the site, and as very few people are returning at that time the buses are empty.

The same applies from mid afternoon but in reverse.
People are going back to the site for there cars, with very few actually travelling into town.

It's common sense, but you will always get the moaners who say the buses are empty.

Reschedule the service to 30 mins frequency, dropping to hourly through midday and that will save money.

Re route the 165 to run through the town and miss out the aquarium, and the 64 should return to its original route and not via Seamer Rd and Weaponess.
The buses are just sat in traffic from the site all the way to Weaponess Valley Road.

And use the system they have in Bridlington. You pay to park as opposed to paying on the bus.

And of course scrapping the services on the run up to Christmas just defies all logic.

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