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Truro's park and ride is set to stay open later

Truro's park and ride is set to stay open later

Published by Emma Carton at 8:38am 20th March 2019. (Updated at 4:32pm 20th March 2019)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Truro's park and ride is set to extend its hours to help visitors and staff at Cornwall's main hospital and people visiting the city at night.

Cornwall Council is set to change the opening hours of the park and ride service at Langarth so that it opens from 6am to 10pm every day of the week.

In addition there are plans to extend the operating hours even further on nine days a year when it will be open until midnight.

Currently the service runs from 6.45am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 7pm on Saturdays.

The site is open from 6.30am to 8pm except on Sundays and bank holidays.

It is hoped that the new opening hours will be in place by May 1 – but the council will need to get approval to amend the current planning conditions in place for the site at Langarth.

"I am delighted that we are now seeking to extend the operating hours at our Langarth park and ride.

"This has been a long held wish of both myself and Dulcie Tudor, the local Cornwall Councillor, to try and assist both visitors and staff at Treliske hospital.

"With earlier opening at 6am and closing at midnight people will be able to park all day for £2 and easily travel in to the hospital or further down into the city.

"By using the multi-day tickets it will be possible for regular users to travel for as little as £1.40 per day, further reducing congestion and air pollution in Truro".

Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport, Geoff Brown

Cllr Tudor, who represents Threemilestone and Gloweth, has been campaigning to increase the park and ride opening hours for two years.

"These changes have been hard fought. Government cuts have drastically affected the council's highways budget. Despite that, working with the portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, we have been able to find a way forward to instigate changes to the opening hours.

"This should now enable staff who work early or late shifts at the hospital to use the park and ride service instead of paying hundreds of pounds for limited staff car parking at the hospital, which not everyone would be eligible for anyway.

"It should also help ease the parking problem for residents of in Threemilestone and Gloweth who find their streets being used as car parks".

Councillor Dulcie Tudor

Truro Redannick councillor Rob Nolan also welcomed the extension of hours at the park and ride.

"We wanted it extended as the night-time economy is struggling in town. This will help with getting people into town at night and getting them home afterwards.

"It will also help with one of the biggest issues in my ward which is people parking on the street. This will help even more people who work in Truro to be able to use the park and ride. It is good news all round.

"At a time when council tax bills are landing on the doormats of homes in Truro this is our chance to give something back".

Councillor Rob Nolan

Cllr Tudor said: "We have listened to what residents and staff at the hospital have said to us about the park and ride and the need to increase the hours that it is open. We really hope that this will help a lot of people".

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