York park and ride

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First York bus 11102 (BG58 OLT), 10 April 2012.jpg
First York Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530Gs
in April 2012
ParentCity of York Council
Service typePark & ride
DestinationsYork City Centre, York Designer Outlet, Monks Cross, York Minster, Coppergate, York Hospital
HubsYork City Centre
StationsRawcliffe Bar, Askham Bar, York Designer Outlet, Grimston Bar, Monks Cross, Poppleton Bar
FleetVolvo B7RLE/Wright Eclipse
Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530G
Optare Versa
OperatorFirst York
WebsiteTravel York

York park and ride is a park & ride system operated by City of York Council in the English city of York. It is the largest in the United Kingdom with 4,970 car spaces.[1]


The first park & ride site was established on Tadcaster Road in 1990. Since then it has expanded and today six routes operate.[2] It has been operated by First York under contract to the City of York Council since the late 1990s.[3] In June 2016, the contract was put up for tender.[4][5] However none of the bids met the council's expectations, resulting in First York being granted a 12-month extension until January 2018 with a fresh tender process to commence.[6] First York subsequently successfully bid to retain the contract until February 2025.[7][8][9]


The services run very frequently, with buses every 10 minutes. There are six coloured routes, forming part of the standard First York services.[10] The service operates with a flat fare between all park and ride car parks and the city centre, and offering regular tickets and day tickets, which are valid for use on all First York services.


Services are operated by a combination of 2008 Wright Eclipse Volvo B7RLEs, 2009 Mercedes-Benz Citaro O530G articulated buses and 2014/15 electric Optare Versas.[11][12][13] The previous Wright Eclipse Fusion bodied Volvo B7LAs have left the fleet.

Buses previously operated in a modified version of First York's white, blue and pink livery before a silver livery was adopted.

On 25 March 2019, First York, City of York Council and bus manufacturer Optare announced that new double deck electric Optare buses would be introduced on the park & ride services in October 2019.[14]


This list shows the numbers of the seven routes and the six park and ride sites served by the routes. The routes are also part of First York's colour-coded "Overground" network of routes.

  • 2: Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride - City Centre (The Green Line)[15]
  • 3: Askham Bar Park and Ride - City Centre (The White Line)[16]
  • 7: York Designer Outlet Park and Ride - City Centre (The Red Line)[17]
  • 8: Grimston Bar Park and Ride - City Centre (The Yellow Line)[18]
  • 9: Monks Cross Park and Ride - City Centre (The Silver Line)[19]
  • 59: Poppleton Bar Park and Ride - City Centre (The Turquoise Line)[20]
  • HSB: Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride - York Hospital[21]


  1. ^ Fully electric York park-and-ride site means network now UK's largest Archived 31 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine RouteOne 18 June 2014
  2. ^ Maps York Park & Ride
  3. ^ First awarded Park & Ride contract for a further three years Travel York 16 August 2013
  4. ^ Tender process opens to bid for York's Park & Ride service contract Travel York 16 June 2016
  5. ^ Tender launched for York's park and ride Bus & Coach Professional 17 June 2016
  6. ^ Park & Ride extension agreed The Press 14 October 2016
  7. ^ Council and First to extend successful Park & Ride partnership City of York Council 14 June 2017
  8. ^ First Bus to extend successful Park & Ride partnership in York FirstGroup 15 June 2017
  9. ^ "First York P&R contract renewed" Coach & Bus Week issue 1296 20 June 2017 page 8
  10. ^ Park and Ride City of York Council
  11. ^ Electric Versas for York - First operating six Optare Versa EVs on new Park and Ride Bus & Coach Buyer 20 June 2014
  12. ^ More Versa EVs for York P+R Bus & Coach Buyer 26 May 2015
  13. ^ More electric Versas for York Optare 19 May 2015
  14. ^ "York To Boast One of the Biggest Fleets of Double Deck Electric Buses Outside of London". Optare. 25 March 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Timetable - Green Line - Service 2 Rawcliffe Bar to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Timetable - White Line - Service 3 Askham Bar to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Timetable - Red Line - Service 7 Designer Outlet to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Timetable - Grimston Bar to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Timetable - Silver Line - Service 9 Monks Cross to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Timetable - Turquoise Line - Service 59 Poppleton Bar to City Centre". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Hospital Park & Ride". ITravelYork. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to First York at Wikimedia Commons