DonCASTER’S controversial park and ride system is still a white elephant, claims the borough’s mayor, three years after it opened.
The Doncaster Quality Bus Corridor system cost £16.2 million when it was set up, despite concerns at the time from many councillors
But figures now show that a daily average of only 166 cars use the sites which were built to accommodate 750 vehicles.
Mayor Peter Davies said he wanted to “let people travel as they wish” and open the bus lanes to all traffic. He has already opened some of the bus lanes on Lakeside Boulevard to all traffic.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said it was not “worried” by the figures.
The council introduced two parking areas in Scawthorpe and Rossington, on opposite sides of the town, in 2008 to allow the public to travel into the town centre on public transport,
Since the scheme opened three years ago figures from SYPTE show that the sites are still largely empty
David Young, of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “If I hadn’t seen a growth, I would be worried.
“It has grown four times the amount now than when it opened.”
SYPT admitted that it was slightly behind its five-year plan but said that it had seen a surge in other park and ride services that it manages in South Yorkshire.
Mr Davies said he wanted to see the scheme closed down and he was asking the government to not favour one type of transport over another.
He said: “Let’s get back to a fair society.”
The plans for the QBC faced opposition even before it was constructed.
Adwick Coun John Mounsey raised concerns at the time that the northern park and ride was being built near Green Lane on the Great North Road, which he felt was the wrong place.
He had favoured building the park and ride facility further out, around the Redhouse area.