Leading Green councillor Andy D’Agorne has welcomed the proposed greater flexibilities for the park and ride tender being discussed at next week’s Executive meeting, including a requirement for at least two routes being operated with ultra low emission vehicles. He also welcomes the commitment to working with the successful bidder looking at the the practicality of linking the six routes across the city to reduce pollution, congestion and delay. However he is still pressing for provision for vehicles to be left at park and ride sites after the last bus, rather than adding to the operating costs locking and unlocking the sites.
“ Why should it be OK to leave our parks unlocked at night, at the risk of incidents like the recent fire in West Bank Park, but not for Park and Ride sites to be left unlocked?” said Cllr D’Agorne.
As a minimum he believes there should be an option for booked weekend parking. “ Providing weekend parking outside the city centre must surely make sense in reducing traffic and having a secure area with CCTV coverage could even bring in revenue from city centre hotel operators with limited parking spaces.” He added.
“ I don’t think this has been discussed with the BID or city centre businesses, but it could be an additional facility we could be introducing on a trial basis as part of the new contract” he added.