Keynsham residents promised improvements to park and ride service into Bath
By JoannaPazucha | Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 16:54
Significant improvements in the Newbridge Park and Ride Service have been promised to Keynsham and Saltford residents as B&NES Council plans to invest £2.5 million in the service from September this year.
Among the improvements that commuters into Bath can expect to see are:
Year-round operation to include Sundays and Bank Holidays (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.
New environmentally friendly 75-seater hybrid electric/diesel buses
Wi-Fi, leather seats, climate controls for the upper decks and next stop display information
A bus every 15 minutes at all times.
Councillor Roger Symonds (Lib-Dem, Combe Down), Cabinet Member for Transport, said, "The standard of Park & Ride services run by Bath & North East Somerset Council will be revolutionised over the coming years.
"Increasing the use of Park & Ride is a crucial part of the Council's plans to cut congestion in the city centre as we attract out-of-town commuters, shoppers, and workers into our Lansdown, Newbridge, and Odd Down sites.
"In addition to the number of spaces being increased by nearly 50 per cent so that drivers can find a space at our sites at all times, the quality of service people receive to connect them to the city centre back will also play a big part in persuading them to use public transport.
"Passengers are set to enjoy 21st century standards of convenience and comfort on a service running seven days per week for the first time ever.
"The proposal would also deliver action on a long-standing request from local businesses for a Sunday and Bank Holiday Park & Ride service that will help their customers and staff access the city centre quickly and conveniently on these days."
Nick Brooks-Sykes, chief executive of Bath Tourism Plus, added "A seven-day Park & Ride operation would assist with visitor management and help alleviate congestion."