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New buses for York Park & Ride

Friday 18 July 2008

First and City of York Council have unveiled the new look Park and Ride buses that will be launched later this month.

Seventeen single deck buses, worth a total of £2.5m, will begin running from Park and Ride sites during July as the first phase of a complete P&R fleet replacement programme.First has successfully provided Park and Ride for the city since 1995, and the service is a key element of the city's transport system, with over 4 million Park and Ride passengers a year.

But First and the Council believes that even more people can be encouraged to travel into the historical city by bus - and welcome the arrival of the new fleet of silver Wrights Volvo buses with a distinctive livery design which includes the City of York crest as a vinyl across bus windows.

The vehicles boast the latest in Euro V EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle)  engines - designed and tuned to reduce emissions and cut down on pollution.  Plus each vehicle has air conditioning to maintain the temperature for customers, regardless of the weather.

The buses are user friendly too with low floor access for all passengers - in particular making it easier for parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and the elderly to get on and off the bus.All of the buses are fitted with both interior and exterior facing CCTV - all helping to offer additional security and protection to passengers.

In early 2009 an additional batch of new buses, 15 Mercedes Citaro articulated vehicles, otherwise known as bendy buses, will arrive and operate across the city's Park and Ride sites. Other improvements to the Park and Ride service, earmarked for later this year, include provision of a new sales and customer service office at the Designer Outlet site, trialling the appointment of a City Centre supervisor to manage some of the busiest Park and Ride stops and extending Sunday operating hours.

Richard Eames, Managing Director of First in York, said: “This £2.5m investment in new vehicles shows our desire to raise the bar even higher on the level of service we offer our passengers. Transport is a major issue in every town and city as we all tackle the twin threat of congestion and climate change and that is why we are continuing to modernise the bus services that we provide in York.

Mr Eames added “I firmly believe that in the current economic climate more and more people will turn to the bus as their preferred mode of transport and therefore the York Park and Ride service can continue to grow in useage and popularity.”

A spokesman from the City of York said “The arrival of the new vehicles represents the start of period of major investment in the Park & Ride service by First and the Council. The entire Park & Ride fleet will be replaced by early 2009 and new sites are planned for Askham Bar, on the A59 and off Wigginton Road by 2011. Air quality on the Park & Ride routes will improve as the new vehicles, specified by the Council, have the latest diesel engines with pollutant emissions up to 80% lower than the existing fleet.”

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