A LONG-AWAITED park and ride scheme will not be opened at a Sheffield railway station until March - three years after transport bosses bought the land.
Work on the facility at Dore station was supposed to have started last summer but will not now begin until November, 15 months behind schedule.
It will then take a further five months before the site, formerly a garden centre and bought by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive in April 2010, is ready.
The car park at the station is very small and unable to cope with the number of passengers who leave cars to catch trains.
Safety concerns have been raised about people parking both sides of Dore Road and on surrounding streets.
Dore and Totley Coun Colin Ross, Lib Dem deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has received £1.5 million to build this facility - partially from the Government - £1.1 million to buy the site and £450,000 to build it.
“Five months to build a car park when the current buildings have already been demolished seems ridiculous.
“In the meantime, the surrounding area is continuing to suffer problems with cars parked by commuters. It is about time this problem was sorted out.”
David Brown, SYPTE’s director general, said: “Work to build Dore park and ride is scheduled to begin in November and will take around 20 weeks.
“The present site will be dug up and relaid with new foundations and the profiling of the site will be altered. A new retaining wall will also be built.
“This is a substantial programme of works.”