UPDATED - End Of The Road For Dorchester's Park & Ride

Dorchester Park And Ride

Published at 6:38pm 9th May 2016. (Updated at 7:24am 11th May 2016)

Dorchester's park and ride service, based at Dorchester Town Football Club, will stop running at the end of July.

The Deputy leader of Dorset County Council has been speaking to Wessex FM about the closure of Dorchester's Park and Ride.

Peter Finney says the scheme proved to be a waste of time and money.

Yesterday we told you that the service based at Dorchester Town Football Club, will stop running at the end of July.

This follows West Dorset District Council's decision not to renew its lease of the Avenue Stadium car park.

Dorset County Council currently provides the weekday shuttle bus service between the stadium and County Hall, which is largely used by county council staff as well as other workers and members of the public.

The county council has subsequently looked at whether it could run the whole service including the car park but found it to be unaffordable.

The service currently has 110 season ticket holders and around 50 more regular daily users. Following discussions with the county council, the district council has agreed to honour the remainder of any annual permits in its long-stay car parks in the town.

Peter Finney told Wessex FM: "It certainly wasn't able to hold its own. Not enough people were using it.  It's still not financially viable."

"Congestion is already under consideration in the Dorchester Transport and Environment plan. And there are alternative travel options. The rail and bus network has improved since we launched the park and ride scheme in 2005."

You've been telling us what you think on the Wessex FM Facebook page:

Angela said: "I worked for DCC for 18 years and never managed to get a staff parking space in County Hall or Loders car parks. There is not enough parking for staff and if you live in a village that has 3 buses a day or less how can you get to work if you cannot park a car. The park and ride was an alternative and reasonably priced despite losing time travelling on it, between car parking and work. Also Where will visitors to County Hall park, those attending courses, seminars, court or registrars and visitors to Dorchester and the market, town and museums."

Kayla said: "it costs me over a £1000 a year to park my car in a long stay car park for work. at least the park and ride saved us workers some money but hey I guess I'll start parking in a residential area instead which I'm sure the locals will love!"

And Jean said: "Once again a wrong decision. Not enough parking in the town now summer holidays will be a nightmare!"
Cllr Russell,West Dorset District Council's environmental protection and assets portfolio holder, said:

"The district council's lease of the car park from Dorchester Town Football Club ended in April. We have reviewed the current operations with all parties involved and have agreed to stop the service."

Mike Harries, Dorset County Council's director for environment and the economy, said:

"The park and ride has been popular with regular users and has helped in part to reduce congestion in the town, especially along Weymouth Avenue.

"However, regrettably, too few people have chosen to use the service to make it viable and with the lease coming to an end it is no longer practical to continue it."

The county council is continuing to work with partners to look at alternative options for the short and long term.




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