CITY of York Council’s ruling executive has agreed to a year-long extension to the authority’s current contract with First Bus to run York’s Park & Ride Service.

The decision comes after it emerged recently that no satisfactory bids to manage the service had been received by the authority.

Officers will now talk to bus companies about a new tendering process to run the service, which totals more than four-million passenger journeys each year and significantly reduces congestion on the city’s roads.

Councillors spoke of the need to reduce emissions from the city’s Park & Ride fleet of buses if vital improvements in air quality were to be achieved, helping to reduce deaths.

The authority has said previously it is confident an operator will be secured, and options for addressing the concerns of potential suppliers will be developed.

The results of the review are set to be brought before the executive in December, prior to the issue of a further invitation to tender. Changes could include alterations to the frequency of service and the type of bus used.