More park and ride buses to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital
A busy park and ride bus route is to be extended from next week.
The PR3 service, which runs between the George Junction park and ride and Derriford, will start running more frequently from Monday.
It will also visit the Tamar Science Park at peak times following talks with businesses there.
Plymouth City Council has paid for the improvements out of Section 103 cash it received from the Kingdom Hall development at the business park.
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The route, which is operated by Target Travel, will also mean more frequent buses to UCP Marjon and Derriford Hospital.
They will now run every 15 minutes, rather than every 20 minutes, during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
The PR3 will also run every 10 minutes between 10.15am and 3.15pm – but only as far as the hospital.
The single-deck, low-floor vehicles will get all-new branding as part of the package, the council said.
“We are really pleased to be able to announce these improvements,” said Councillor Mark Coker, the council’s Cabinet member for transport.
“People working in and visiting the science park have a new, convenient travel option and existing passengers will benefit from more frequent buses on the route.”
The first bus will leave the George park and ride at 6.30am and run every 15 minutes until 10.15am.
Between 10.15am and 3.15pm it will run every 10 minutes, but will not serve the Tamar Science Park.
It will then run every 15 minutes from 3.15pm until 7pm.
Fares will start from £1 for a single journey and £1.20 for a return, with a weekly ticket costing £5.
Concessionary bus passes will be accepted on the service – and special deals are available for staff and students at Derriford Hospital and UCP Marjon.
UCP Marjon’s green travel manager Chris Rodham said: “We offer free use of the George park and ride for staff, students and visitors by issuing vouchers that cover the fare for each journey.
“Target Travel then invoice the university college to recover their costs.
“The support and flexibility offered by Target Travel has been excellent and has ensured that the number of vehicles visiting the campus on a daily basis has been reduced by approximately 15 per cent.”