A PARK and Ride scheme for Wrexham has moved a step closer after a successful Christmas pilot.
For three weekends before Christmas shoppers could park at the Lego Building on Ruthin Road and get a bus into town for less than the cost of parking in the town centre.
The scheme used the Taith shuttle buses used to transport workers to and from the industrial parks of Wrexham and Flintshire during the week.
On the first two weekends of the scheme around 170 drivers used it with demand tailing off on Christmas Eve.
Now a further trial in the off-peak months of April or May will tell the highways department whether it would be a sound permanent investment.
'At the moment we see this as a very good method of reducing congestion and making the town centre more appealing to people from out of the area,' said Martin Wright, chief transportation and asset management officer for Wrexham Council.
'For the three weeks the scheme cost £1,080 but a survey of Park and Ride users conducted on December 17 found 97% of users would become regular users of the facility for just 60p bus fare into town. One respondent even commented this was too cheap.
'A significant proportion of users were from out of the county borough (45%) and most were not on direct bus routes.
'The remaining 55% predominantly came from villages to the West or South of the county borough.
'Importantly the scheme did not have a negative impact on town centre car parks, which sustained their income throughout the first pilot.'