Doncaster’s park and ride bus service set to be axed

The park and ride scheme at Woodlands. Picture: Marie Caley D2721MC
The park and ride scheme at Woodlands. Picture: Marie Caley D2721MC

The future of Doncaster’s park and ride services have been thrown into doubt because of funding cutbacks.

The proposed cutbacks, which are due to be considered next week by councillors, come as South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority aim to make savings of around 10 per cent to their annual budget.

Under the express 638 bus service in Doncaster, which runs weekday peak times between Doncaster North and South Park and Ride sites via the town centre, is proposed to be discontinued from the end of April.

The OAP and disabled persons concessionary travel scheme could also be scaled back so that weekday free travel is available from 9.30am to 11pm, bringing South Yorkshire in line with the rest of the country outside of London.

Councillors are also due to consider whether scaling back of concessionary travel on train services.

But travel chiefs say that the good news is that child concessionary fares won’t go up this April and that evening, weekend and rural bus services funded by SYPTE have been protected from cuts.

Coun Mick Jameson, chairman of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, said: “We don’t like having to raise fares and cut back on services but when your budgets are being slashed then there simply isn’t a great deal of choice. The savings have to come from somewhere.

“The good news is that we have largely been able to protect the bus network and that child fares aren’t being touched this year.”