Coventry’s electric park-and-ride a victim of cuts and falling ridership

Coventry’s ground-breaking contracted dedicated 15-minute-interval park-and-ride, the first in the UK to use full-size electric buses, is closing on 27 April due to PTE and council budget cuts and a 60% fall in ridership as a result of a sharp fall in city centre employment..

Instead, the 402 free car park spaces will be served commercially by Stagecoach, which is diverting its half-hourly X17 Gaydon-Coventry service.

The three electric Optare Versas, delivered in 2012 to Travel de Courcey, will be redeployed to a yet-to-be-announced route.

Pictured at the launch of the Park and Ride scheme are Transport Minister Norman Baker and Mike De Courcey.