Boost for bus links to new Monks Cross shopping park

York Press: VAN-TASTIC SERVICE: Coun Dave Merrett and Will Pearson, of bus company First, at the new Vangarde shopping centre. VAN-TASTIC SERVICE: Coun Dave Merrett and Will Pearson, of bus company First, at the new Vangarde shopping centre.

SHOPPERS heading to York's new £90 million shopping centre are being provided with extra bus journeys.

The John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Next stores at the Vangarde Shopping Park at Monks Cross opened last week, and Park&Ride journeys to the site now start from 6.30am on weekdays with evening services running as late as 9pm. Bus operator First, with City of York Council, has also added an extra Sunday morning journey from the city-centre to help store staff get to work.

Details are at firstgroup.com/ukbus/york. Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, said: "By providing even more bus journeys in this area, First York is helping us to reduce some of the impact of the expected increased traffic congestion."

York's Dial&Ride service is also offering extra journeys from Huntington, Strensall and Haxby to Vangarde, and bookings can be made by phoning 01904 551441. Stephen Mortimer, chairman of the York Wheels trustees, said: "We are sure many of our customers will want to see what is on offer."

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8:21am Mon 14 Apr 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with F?

That's right, Ferret.
Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with F? That's right, Ferret. NoNewsIsGoodNews
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9:47am Mon 14 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I see someone got their face in the camera and guess what it 3 new stores and bus times changed, not that it mattered that Monks Cross has been open years and more office based companies at Monks Cross ..
I see someone got their face in the camera and guess what it 3 new stores and bus times changed, not that it mattered that Monks Cross has been open years and more office based companies at Monks Cross .. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -45

9:52am Mon 14 Apr 14

BL2 says...

Very usefull for them, however still no decent (or any really) bus service for anyone who lives outside of "central-sih" York!
Very usefull for them, however still no decent (or any really) bus service for anyone who lives outside of "central-sih" York! BL2
  • Score: -75

10:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

I went up there this weekend and despite the last time I mentioned this and someone saying I was wrong about the traffic lights on Jockey Lane, there they were again (set short to dissuade drivers from using roads as the council puts it) only letting 3 or 4 cars at a time through each junction with loads of red time between each sequence causing absolute chaos and danger.
As for Mr Merretts revenge for Lendal Bridge. I see he is now planning to poison us with more of the very same thing his own reports say is one of the main reasons York has missed it's pollution targets - 6mpg buses. Like the rest of them they will probably run up and down most of the time empty stopping the flow of traffic at every opportunity causing even more pollution and congestion.

I note that the only people laughing at us all in the photo are one who believes we should all be on bikes and one who, for obvious reasons, is a big supporter of Mr Merretts anti car schemes.
I went up there this weekend and despite the last time I mentioned this and someone saying I was wrong about the traffic lights on Jockey Lane, there they were again (set short to dissuade drivers from using roads as the council puts it) only letting 3 or 4 cars at a time through each junction with loads of red time between each sequence causing absolute chaos and danger. As for Mr Merretts revenge for Lendal Bridge. I see he is now planning to poison us with more of the very same thing his own reports say is one of the main reasons York has missed it's pollution targets - 6mpg buses. Like the rest of them they will probably run up and down most of the time empty stopping the flow of traffic at every opportunity causing even more pollution and congestion. I note that the only people laughing at us all in the photo are one who believes we should all be on bikes and one who, for obvious reasons, is a big supporter of Mr Merretts anti car schemes. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -56

10:18am Mon 14 Apr 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Yay more bendy busses on the road... this will significantly reduce traffic.. oh wait busses actually cause traffic... excellent stuff dave... sure if the new stadium ever gets built more busses will be York’s answer to traffic issues then too.. moron...

Who goes on a shopping trip and thinks actually I’ll pay for a bus fair.. its really good to traipse around after a good shop to stand there holding bags only to be pressed for room on a bus... miles better then taking advantage of the free parking and convince of a car shopping trip..

Excellent work lads...
Yay more bendy busses on the road... this will significantly reduce traffic.. oh wait busses actually cause traffic... excellent stuff dave... sure if the new stadium ever gets built more busses will be York’s answer to traffic issues then too.. moron... Who goes on a shopping trip and thinks actually I’ll pay for a bus fair.. its really good to traipse around after a good shop to stand there holding bags only to be pressed for room on a bus... miles better then taking advantage of the free parking and convince of a car shopping trip.. Excellent work lads... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -72

11:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

Osbaldwick Lad says...

I visited the new arcade on Saturday. I travel by bus but not from the City centre. I found it extremely tiring returning to my bus stop and would suggest that a shuttle bus is introduced linking this arcade with the existing shops, bus stops and other facilities.
I visited the new arcade on Saturday. I travel by bus but not from the City centre. I found it extremely tiring returning to my bus stop and would suggest that a shuttle bus is introduced linking this arcade with the existing shops, bus stops and other facilities. Osbaldwick Lad
  • Score: -22

5:23am Tue 15 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Why has the Park and Ride been the only bus service extended? The P&R route doesn't serve any areas of real housing, whereas the 12 serves Dodsworth Avenue, Fossway, part of Huntington Road, Byland Avenue (including the cut-through from Bellfarm), Monkton Road, Elmfield Avenue, and New Lane - which has links through from Anthea Drive, Highthorn Road, and Brockfield Park Drive.... al these areas have a much higher concentration of people who use the bus to go out shopping at Monks cross as opposed by people using the P&R for a dedicated shopping trip to Monks Cross.

Return the number 12 timetable back to its 2010 times - with buses running from Monks cross to the city as late as 8pm (9pm during Christmas), and with the 6am morning services resumed. First cut these all back in 2012, and the current service is now a complete joke.... basically it has been run down since the Park and Ride became fully established.

And then alter the route of the 12 around Monks Cross... from Jockey Lane run a one-way loop (which would look like a figure of 8 if you include the return of the bus going from the Poundland bus stop back onto Jockey Lane towards New Lane), where the bus does the following:- right-turn onto Katryn Avenue, left-turn onto P&R access road, left turn at roundabout onto vanguarde shopping park, turn onto main access road in front of vanguarde shops to serve a new bus stop outside Next, continue along this access road to the end where the bus then turns left onto dual carriageway Jockey Lane, bus then takes 4th exit from Monks cross roundabout to get to the bus stop layby by Sainsburys petrol station - thereby resuming normal route.
Why has the Park and Ride been the only bus service extended? The P&R route doesn't serve any areas of real housing, whereas the 12 serves Dodsworth Avenue, Fossway, part of Huntington Road, Byland Avenue (including the cut-through from Bellfarm), Monkton Road, Elmfield Avenue, and New Lane - which has links through from Anthea Drive, Highthorn Road, and Brockfield Park Drive.... al these areas have a much higher concentration of people who use the bus to go out shopping at Monks cross as opposed by people using the P&R for a dedicated shopping trip to Monks Cross. Return the number 12 timetable back to its 2010 times - with buses running from Monks cross to the city as late as 8pm (9pm during Christmas), and with the 6am morning services resumed. First cut these all back in 2012, and the current service is now a complete joke.... basically it has been run down since the Park and Ride became fully established. And then alter the route of the 12 around Monks Cross... from Jockey Lane run a one-way loop (which would look like a figure of 8 if you include the return of the bus going from the Poundland bus stop back onto Jockey Lane towards New Lane), where the bus does the following:- right-turn onto Katryn Avenue, left-turn onto P&R access road, left turn at roundabout onto vanguarde shopping park, turn onto main access road in front of vanguarde shops to serve a new bus stop outside Next, continue along this access road to the end where the bus then turns left onto dual carriageway Jockey Lane, bus then takes 4th exit from Monks cross roundabout to get to the bus stop layby by Sainsburys petrol station - thereby resuming normal route. Magicman!
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