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Preston park and ride schemes remain despite Lancashire County Council cutbacks

Posted on - 18th May, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, News, Riversway, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
Park and ride service making its way through Preston Pic: Carlisle Alan

Park and ride service making its way through Preston Pic: Carlisle Alan

Two park and ride schemes in Preston are to continue despite the loss of thousands of pounds in public funding.

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Preston Bus says the Walton-le-Dale and Portway services are to see the wheels keep turning.

The Portway service down by the Docks is to be discontinued but the firm is sending the 89 service into the car park to pick up passengers.

The Walton-le-Dale park and ride operates as is with a service to Jacson Street in the city centre every eight minutes.

Lancashire County Council has cut £200,000 in subsidy for the two park and ride sites.

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Managing director of Preston Bus Bob Dunn said: “We felt as though the closure of the Park and Ride would further worsen congestion in the City Centre.

“I am delighted that as a result of our discussions with officers from LCC, we have been able to continue this service on a revised basis.”

How will Walton-le-Dale park and ride work?

There’s no change to fares, it remains at £1.50 all day. Parking is free of charge.

The opening times remain the same, 7am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday, and on Bank Holidays from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

Related: Preston Bus announces later services to and from the city centre

How will Portway park and ride work?

The fare remains at £1.50.

From 7am to 9am on weekday mornings a dedicated shuttle remains to Preston Railway Station.

Outside of these times the 89 service will visit the Portway car park.

The opening times remain the same, and are now extended to Sundays.

Do you use the park and ride service? What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments below

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