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Capitol Centre park and ride is given more time to prove its worth

Posted on - 14th March, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport, Walton-le-Dale
A number of bus services will charge passengers more Pic: Mike McNiven
Preston Bus continue to operate the park and ride scheme Pic: Mike McNiven

A park and ride scheme on the edge of Preston is to continue to be subsidised until March 2021.

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Nearly 1,000 drivers use the Walton-le-Dale to Preston city centre site.

Preston Bus operates the service on behalf of Lancashire County Council and it currently makes a loss of just over £40,000-per-year.

In December last year councillors decided to give more time to the park and ride, and have now made a longer-term commitment.

The decision will also see improvements made to the Walton-le-Dale site near the Capitol Centre.

A county council report claims from June 2017 it has helped remove nine per cent of northbound traffic on London Way during peak times.

What the county council say

Cabinet member for highways and transport councillor Keith Iddon said: “We’re pleased that we could add some stability to this service, which will help us to introduce improvements that will benefit passengers and attract new people to use it, which brings in more revenue.

“We’re also looking at ways to reduce the cost of running this service and improving the lighting at the site to save energy. It’s vital to look at ways we can save money.

“It’s a great service that makes it easier to come into the city centre. We’d encourage people who’ve never used the Park & Ride to give it a try.”

Read more: All new and revised bus services in Preston

What Preston Bus say

Commercial manager John Asquith said: “This is great news and shows the continued commitment towards public transport by the current administration at LCC, something which has been sadly lacking in recent years.

“Park and Ride plays a pivotal role in reducing city centre congestion and the three year extension gives some stability and should facilitate investment decisions to be made. Congestion and air quality will become a real focus in future years, Preston is beginning to be transformed and public transport will have its role to play in improving the overall city centre environment.”

Read more: Bus Station information centre ‘facing the axe’

No changes to the timetable at the park and ride are proposed at this time.

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