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New hospital bus service to launch after Easter

A new bus service, operated by First York on behalf of York Hospital, will launch on Monday 29th April providing connections between Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride and the Hospital.

The dedicated Park & Ride bus service is being delivered in partnership between York Hospital, City of York Council and First York and is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters from the York Teaching Hospital Charity.

The introduction of the service follows an approach from the hospital to help reduce the number of cars travelling to and from the hospital thereby easing congestion & improving air quality by providing a viable alternative to hospital car parking.

The new service has been designed to operate at convenient times around staff shift patterns and peak visiting hours. The frequent and fast service will provide connections every 20 minutes from 06:00 until 20:10, Monday to Friday. Adult return tickets will cost £3.20 and reduced fares will be available for holders of a valid NHS staff ID. In addition, a new dedicated bus stop is being created on the grounds of the hospital, meaning it's only a few short steps from the bus into the main hospital reception.

Brian Golding, director of estates and facilities at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We know that parking at York Hospital can be difficult at peak times.

“We have listened to this feedback and I am delighted that we are able to offer a partnership solution which will help reduce congestion around York Hospital by providing a viable alternative to parking at the hospital. Both staff and visitors will be able to take advantage of this frequent and fast service, which has been designed to operate around staff shift patterns and peak visiting times. In addition, a new dedicated bus stop is being created on the grounds of the hospital, meaning it is only a few short steps from the bus into the main hospital reception.”

Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director of First York, said: “By working together, we can all make a real impact on congestion and air quality, as this is all part of a virtuous circle; more people travelling by bus means fewer cars on the road, less congestion and, in turn, improved air quality. We look forward to officially launching the bus service next month.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, City of York Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: “We’d like to thank York Hospital for providing the funding for this new service. Providing alternative ways for hospital visitors and patients to get to and from the hospital will help ease congestion and in turn reduce the amount of traffic in the city and help improve air quality.”

Cllr Peter Dew, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, added: “We hope that the introduction of the new service linking Rawcliffe Park & Ride with York Hospital will help ease congestion in the city, particularly on Wigginton Road. Over four million journeys are made every year on our existing Park & Ride routes, which provide free parking, low cost and frequent services. We hope this new route will prove just as popular.”