北約克郡農村巴士試驗將獲得23萬英鎊的延期

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北約克郡農村巴士試驗將獲得23萬英鎊的延期

一項農村交通計劃可能會再延長一年,儘管它的價值受到質疑。

北約克郡的YorBus計劃正在Masham、Ripon和Bedale進行測試,並計劃將其推廣到全郡。

該計劃允許用戶通過應用程序預訂行程,然後在公交車站被接走,而不是等待定期服務。

根據地方民主報告服務,縣議會的一份報告說,"YorBus服務的客流量比預測的要大"。

縣議會說,在2021年7月和今年5月之間,YorBus運送了超過650人,行程超過10,000次。

該委員會的報告說,防止客戶提前預訂乘車,為服務提供了最大的靈活性,也最大限度地滿足了乘客的需求。

約克郡交通行動組織的主席Mark Parry說,他的組織質疑這項服務是否物有所值。

他補充說:"鑑於這項服務的性質,我只是想知道北約克郡不進行提前預訂的目的是什麼。如果你要有響應需求的交通,我當然會說你需要一些提前預訂的範圍。"

在最初只在公認的公共汽車站接乘客之後,一些潛在的乘客抱怨他們的村莊沒有公共汽車站,所以議會引入了 "虛擬公共汽車站",競選者說這些公共汽車站沒有被宣傳,而且很少。

儘管如此,該委員會沒有透露打算為行動不便的乘客提供門到門的服務,作為試點擴展的一部分,但表示將考慮引入有限的預先預訂,延長運營時間,並尋求資金在該縣的其他地區提供YorBus。


A rural transport scheme could be extended for another year, despite questions over its value for money.

The YorBus scheme in North Yorkshire is being tested in Masham, Ripon and Bedale, with plans to extend it across the county.

It allows users to book a journey via an app and then be picked up from a bus stop, rather than waiting for a scheduled service.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, a county council report said "patronage of the YorBus service has been stronger than forecast".

Between July 2021 and May this year, YorBus carried more than 650 people on more than 10,000 journeys, the county council said.

The council reports says preventing customers from booking rides in advance offers the service maximum flexibility and also maximises the ability to meet passenger demand.

Mark Parry, chair of Action for Yorkshire Transport, said his group questioned whether the service was value for money.

He added: "Given the nature of the service, I just wonder what North Yorkshire is trying to do by not having advanced booking. If you are going to have demand-responsive transport I would certainly say you need some scope with advanced bookings."

After initially only picking up passengers at recognised bus stops, some potential passengers complained that their village had no bus stop, so the council introduced "virtual bus stops", which campaigners say have not been advertised and are few and far between.

Nevertheless, the council has revealed no intention to offer limited mobility passengers a door-to-door service as part of the pilot extension, but said it would consider introducing limited pre-booking, extending operating hours, and seek funding to offer YorBus in other parts of the county.

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