City of York Council has been awarded £17.36 million over three years to support the development of key bus schemes and initiatives across the city.
The council submitted a multi-million pound bid to the Government to help make major improvements to bus provision last year, as detailed in York’s Bus Service Improvement Plan.
York’s ambitious Bus Improvement Plan (BSIP) sets out a new vision to help improve York’s bus network, aiming to make it more inclusive, accessible, attractive and welcoming – becoming a source of pride for the city and its residents.
Key objectives within the plan include:
- Improving the frequency of bus services, providing more routes and supporting the reintroduction of park and ride services from Poppleton Bar following its use as a COVID-19 testing centre
- Better, cheaper tickets for young people, and better tickets which are valid for travel on all bus services in York
- Completing the electrification of York’s bus fleet, following in the footsteps of the 33 electric buses already operating in the city
- Providing bus priorities and supporting rapid bus services to new developments around York
- Upgrading York’s Park and Ride network, allowing it to support a wider range of bus services, providing overnight parking at more sites and refurbishing the two oldest sites, at Rawcliffe Bar and Grimston Bar.
The council will lead a partnership of bus users and bus operators to develop projects to spend the £17.36 million improving bus services across the city, in line with previously-agreed BSIP objectives.
Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport, said: “We are delighted to be successful in receiving £17.36 million in funding towards enhancing and developing public transport across the city in partnership with all the service operators. This comes just a week after we were awarded 8.4 million for zero emission busses in the city. Over 25 million is going to make a real difference.
“This is fundamental to achieving the city’s carbon reduction goals while supporting the development strategy set out in the Local Plan. To encourage greater use of the bus network, and sustainable travel routes, our network and bus services must be safe, convenient and attractive to residents, commuters and visitors.”
The council has also asked for funding to provide benches and lighting at more bus stops, provide audio announcements on all buses in York and install 100 more real time bus information screens across the city.
It is worth noting that neither Labour controlled South Yorkshire nor Conservative controlled North Yorkshire won any money for their plans which were insufficiently ambitious.
Having Greens in the room makes a real difference.