Last-ditch bid to scrap Worcester's park and ride closures

Park and ride: two Labour motions to debate it

Park and ride: two Labour motions to debate it

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Malvern Gazette: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A LAST-DITCH bid is being launched to save Worcester's two park and rides, it has emerged.

Labour councillors across Worcestershire are teaming up to request two key votes over last week's controversial decision.

A motion has now been published asking Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council to hold a joint investigation into the implications of shutting the Perdiswell and Sixways sites.

The county council's Conservative leadership intends to scrap both in September as part of £1.6 million of public transport cuts.

The loss-making sites have declined in popularity in recent years and last year taxpayers had to fork out £296,870 to keep them going.

A vote will take place at the city council next Wednesday, followed by a separate show of hands at the county council the following day.

It will require the support of a majority of councillors from both authorities for it to be actioned.

Labour politicians say park and ride could be saved if more effort was made to provide the service on a commercial basis, with better advertising and even slightly higher prices.

Councillor Paul Denham, a Labour city and county councillor, said: "The full potential of park and ride is not being realised because the service is not properly advertised.

"The cheapest council car park costs £3.60 to park all day but park and ride is only £2.20 return including parking.

"A weekly park and ride ticket is only £8 - many more visitors to Worcester would use it if they knew this."

Councillor Joy Squires, Worcester's Labour parliamentary candidate, said: "Surveys have repeatedly shown that traffic and congestion are the top concerns of Worcester residents and this will deter both employers and tourists.

"The county council is making a big mistake removing park and ride when it could easily be run on a commercial basis."

The Conservative leadership at County Hall says it hopes to garner enough support from its own group to reject the plea.

Councillor John Smith, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We have already been through a scrutiny exercise at the council.

"It went through OSPB (the overview, scrutiny and performance board, the council's main watchdog) and it's been looked at in detail."

The Perdiswell park and ride was used more than 450,000 times in 2008 but last year it reached a record low of 274,935.

The Sixways service, which goes to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, was used 66,214 times last year.

During the public consultation over bus cuts an unprecedented 8,500 responses were handed to the county council.

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3:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Browner42 says...

C'mon WEN, check your titles - 'last ditch bid to SCRAP the park and ride'????
C'mon WEN, check your titles - 'last ditch bid to SCRAP the park and ride'???? Browner42
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3:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Browner42 says...

eek! more haste less speed.......apologie
s WEN, I see the word 'closures' at the end....
eek! more haste less speed.......apologie s WEN, I see the word 'closures' at the end.... Browner42
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3:43pm Thu 26 Jun 14

kwooster says...

NEW! Think outside the box! ADD appeal and value - cheaply.
(Do it jointly with First)

(1) Rent/buy a plot of land at Martin Hussingtree for a small park+ride site.
Car users could have the option of catching the 144 or a P+R bus to Worcester via Sixways, the Hospital, County Hall, 6th form college, and London Road.
(2) Keep the Perdiswell site open ready for the inevitable new housing south of Claines Lane which could provide a through-road from the A449 so that Perdiswell also becomes the Claines P+R.

(3) Extend alternate W1/144s up the London Road (option via City Walls Road, not Crowngate) and replacing the 44.

This could create one big circular route, with many important places on it.

(There's the potential for improved reliability, further enhanced by radio- control)
Come-On Worcester; stop being whimps -even Ludlow has got Park and Ride !!
NEW! Think outside the box! ADD appeal and value - cheaply. (Do it jointly with First) (1) Rent/buy a plot of land at Martin Hussingtree for a small park+ride site. Car users could have the option of catching the 144 or a P+R bus to Worcester via Sixways, the Hospital, County Hall, 6th form college, and London Road. (2) Keep the Perdiswell site open ready for the inevitable new housing south of Claines Lane which could provide a through-road from the A449 so that Perdiswell also becomes the Claines P+R. (3) Extend alternate W1/144s up the London Road (option via City Walls Road, not Crowngate) and replacing the 44. This could create one big circular route, with many important places on it. (There's the potential for improved reliability, further enhanced by radio- control) Come-On Worcester; stop being whimps -even Ludlow has got Park and Ride !! kwooster
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7:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

wooshman says...

Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate
Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate wooshman
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9:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

truth must out says...

wooshman wrote:
Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate
Judging by a previous article it will probably be a retirement complex...!!
[quote][p][bold]wooshman[/bold] wrote: Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate[/p][/quote]Judging by a previous article it will probably be a retirement complex...!! truth must out
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2:25pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Rita Jelfs says...

wooshman wrote:
Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate
Well, this may be as flippant as it sounds. If the intention were to sell the site later and realise some money to spend on other things, it can't stay as park and ride, can it?
Perhaps the park and ride was doomed to fail, with such cheap parking costs, which don't appear to externalise the congestion costs to other road users, or deter people from driving, rather than catching the p&r.
Most significantly, if p&r useage has reduced, after its initial 'newness', by almost 50% in 5 years, then the council needs to look at what other factors have changed in that time. On face value, it appears a combination of poor combined transport/parking policy. Buses could also attract the 'pretentious' types, who think buses are only for low socio-economic groups, by a having real-time information system, Wi-Fi, or even just a screen, otherwise they're not competing with other modes of transport these days?
[quote][p][bold]wooshman[/bold] wrote: Sad to see the park and ride go. No doubt the site will become a housing estate[/p][/quote]Well, this may be as flippant as it sounds. If the intention were to sell the site later and realise some money to spend on other things, it can't stay as park and ride, can it? Perhaps the park and ride was doomed to fail, with such cheap parking costs, which don't appear to externalise the congestion costs to other road users, or deter people from driving, rather than catching the p&r. Most significantly, if p&r useage has reduced, after its initial 'newness', by almost 50% in 5 years, then the council needs to look at what other factors have changed in that time. On face value, it appears a combination of poor combined transport/parking policy. Buses could also attract the 'pretentious' types, who think buses are only for low socio-economic groups, by a having real-time information system, Wi-Fi, or even just a screen, otherwise they're not competing with other modes of transport these days? Rita Jelfs
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