Threat over park and ride services in Doncaster

Councillor Mick Jameson
Councillor Mick Jameson
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The future of Doncaster’s park and ride services has been thrown into doubt because of funding cutbacks.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority aims to make savings of around 10 per cent to its annual budget when members meet next Thursday.

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 London.

Councillors are also due to consider the possible 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 there simply isn’t a great deal of choice. The savings have to come from somewhere.

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