At first when the Park and Ride service went into operation I thought it might be a waste of time, but the proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating. This year through the Spring, Summer and now Autumn I and my family have been using the service from Osgodby on a regular basis.
I see by the story in the Evening News that bus fares across all routes including the Park and Ride have risen, but it is cheaper for me and my family to travel to the Park and Ride than to get the service bus at the end of our street. It’s a shame that the Odeon roundabout was ripped up because the Park and Ride service route could have gone across Valley Bridge dropping off on the left going into the town and turning at the roundabout coming back over the bridge and then turning left down towards Aquarium Top.
Many Passengers need to be at the top of the town, because some use the railway station, but alas the Park and Ride service does not serve in this area.
Also mentioned in the story was the operational cost of running the Park and Ride services and whether or not to put a charge on those with bus passes. York Park and Ride charge 50 pence to those with passes to help with the cost of running the service there.
My view to help matters in Scarborough is that the Park and Ride service could reduce it’s timetable in the winter to four buses per hour instead of five saving on diesel fuel and wear and tear on the vehicles. This might not seem much, but from 7am to 8pm this would result in 26 bus journeys less per day from both Park and Ride sites, 13 from Osgodby and the same from Seamer Road. That would be a big saving over a week, it’s easy to do the maths.
Finally, may I say the service is good, the drivers are polite, and the buses are clean, we must use the service or lose the service, and it can work out cheaper than the car park charges.