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First York announces frequency increase and fare changes on Park and Ride

  • Permanent increase in Service 2 frequency
  • Additional journeys on Services 2, 7, 8 and 9 for Easter holidays
  • New fares effective from Sunday 24 March

First York has announced that frequency on its Service 2 route from Rawcliffe Bar will be permanently increased to every 10 minutes Monday-Friday and eight minutes on Saturdays.

The bus operator is also adding additional journeys on services 2, 7, 8 and 9 to support travel during the Easter holidays from 25 March-6 April.

Kayleigh Ingham, Commercial Director of First Bus for North and West Yorkshire, said: “We’re continuing to invest in the Park and Ride network to support travel and encourage visitors to leave their cars on the outskirts of the city.

“Travelling on our zero emission fleet cuts carbon emissions to create cleaner air and quieter streets as well as reducing traffic congestion, which is a major benefit for everyone.”

First York and City of York Council have also announced a change to fares on the Park and Ride network, which they operate in partnership. The new prices are effective from Sunday 24 March 2024.

The changes come after an annual review and will see fare increases in line with inflation over the past year:

  • The concessionary fare (for older/disabled bus pass holders boarding at any P&R site) will be frozen at £1.30
  • A day return for adults will rise by 20p to £3.80
  • Ticket bundles for trips over five, 10 and 20 days will make the return journey £3.40
  • A Park and Ride weekly ticket will rise by 80p to £15.20
  • A child return fare for children travelling alone will increase by 10p to £1.90
  • Three children aged 16 and under can still travel free with an adult

Councillor Pete Kilbane, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy and Transport at City of York Council, said: “York’s Park and Ride remains a competitively priced and environmentally friendly way to commute into or visit the city. For many people, especially families, the Park and Ride will be cheaper than parking in the city and parents can take advantage of children travelling for free. Residents and tourists are also encouraged to become ‘congestion busters’ and help create a healthier city.”

Kayleigh Ingham added: “Using the Park and Ride for leisure and work-related travel provides excellent value with free parking and we have continued to ensure that the average cost per trip of making multiple journeys remains low.”

York’s Park and Ride is now fully served by an electric fleet comprising of 33 buses, the largest of its kind in the country and provides more than 5,000 car parking spaces.

Full details of the new Park and Ride changes can be found by visiting the First York website:



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