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A York park and ride vehicle on route 3
Parent First York (FirstGroup)
City of York Council funded
Headquarters Tanner Row, York
Locale York
Service type Park and ride
Destinations York City Centre, York Designer Outlet, Monks Cross, York Minster, Coppergate
Stations Monks Cross, York Designer Outlet, Grimston Bar, Rawcliffe Bar, Askham Bar
Fleet Wright Eclipse
Mercedes Benz Citaro
Operator First York
Web site First York - park and ride

York park and ride is a park and ride system operated by First in the English city of York. It was designed and introduced to relieve York's overcrowded city centre car parks. Many of the car park developments, bus priority measures and new vehicles have been part-funded by City of York Council. The service operates with a flat fare between all park and ride car parks and the city centre, and offering regular tickets and day tickets, which are valid for use on all First York services.

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Services

The bus services are operated by a selection of Mercedes-Benz Citaro articulated buses new in January 2009 and Wright Eclipse conventional single-deckers new in 2008[1]. The previous bendy buses, Wright Eclipse Fusions[2], have left the fleet. The bendy buses are used for their characteristics of being able to carry large numbers of passengers, although most standing. The services run very frequently, with buses every 7–10 minutes. There are five coloured overground routes, forming part of the standard First York services.[3]. In 2008, the first of a fleet of new Volvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipses arrived, in a new silvery based livery.[4] Television screens displaying qord games, Red Bull sponsored sports and quizzes have appeared on a few of the Park & Ride buses in York.

Route Basic frequency
No. Name Description Mon–Sat Daytime Mon–Sat Evening Sunday Daytime
2 Green line Rawcliffe Bar - City Centre Circular 7/8 mins 15 mins 10 mins
3 White line Askham Bar - City Centre Circular 7/8 mins 15 mins 10 mins
7 Red line York Designer Outlet - City Centre Circular 10 mins 20 mins 10 mins
8 Yellow line Grimston Bar - City Centre Circular 10 mins 20 mins 10 mins
9 Silver line Monks Cross - City Centre Circular 10 mins 3 journeys 10 mins

Ticketing

A number of different fare options are available on the services, to provide differing ticketing options for users.[5]

The standards fares are single and returns. A single is a one-way ticket for one journey only, a day return is a ticket for one journey in each direction. It is cheaper that two singles.

Smartcard technology is used on the network of services. Smarteds with a stored value can be used to purchase single and return tickets for a reduced price than the standard. Weekly and monthly smartcards are also available, aimed at commuters who use them as season tickets.

The final fare type is the "minsterCARD". This enables passengers to save 20p for each journey when £5 is paid in advance.

Most tickets can be bought on the bus, but the more expensive and complex weekly and monthly smartcards and minsterCARD are available only from the site offices.

Tourism and Attractions

The park and ride network is marketed as being able to "Leave your car and travel by bus". To cater to tourists who wish to visit York city centre, many of the routes have special stops on the at tourists attraction and major site, some of which are:[6]

York Council works closely together with First to bring special discounts and offers to tourists visiting these sites. Many shopping centres such as York Designer Outlet and the Coppergate Shopping Centre also have offers and discounts for the services.

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