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Essex: Price increase on park and ride service
11:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
Prices have been increased for a city's park and ride service.
Following a consultation from Essex County Council (ECC), under-16s will also have to pay to use the service in Chelmsford for the first time.
ECC has decided to make children aged between five and 16 pay £1 daily, £5 weekly or £20 monthly at both Sandon and Chelmer Valley sites.
The Chelmer Valley site is situated along Essex Regiment Way, the main route between Braintree and Chelmsford.
Tickets for adults have also been increased from £2.50 daily, £12.50 weekly and £47 monthly to £3, £15 and £55 respectively.
Fares on Saturdays will be £1.50 for adults and free for under-16s.
The changes will come into force on October 28.
It is believed the new fares will cut running costs of the park and rides from £357,080 a year to £162,000 with work to add 250 parking spaces at Sandon starting this week.
Rodney Bass, councillor responsible for transportation, said: “Maintaining the current annual expenditure on the park and ride service in the current financial climate is simply unsustainable.
“Fares have increased in line with our proposals for the first time since 2011.
“Park and ride still gives users excellent value for money and remains a much more cost effective option than parking in the city centre, and senior citizens will continue to travel for free.
“We have also responded to demand as customers have told us they wanted additional parking and we have delivered the extra capacity they asked for.”
Bus users who hold elderly or disabled concessionary passes will still be able to claim free travel after 9am.
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