Summer scheme returns to shuttle summer visitors around town.

A SUMMER park and ride scheme has been re-launched in Ilfracombe to encourage visitors to spend more time in the town.

The shuttle bus proved a hit with tourists and locals during a trial last year, with around 1,600 people using the service, each staying in the town for an average of five hours.

Ilfracombe Town Council has decided to run a similar scheme this summer, up until September 2.

The bus picks up visitors at car parks and bus stops around the town, including Hillsborough Road; Portland Street; High Street; Church Street; Wilder Road; Promenade; St James Place; the Quay; and the Pier Car Park. It is also available to non-car park users.

A group fare for up to five people costs £1.20 return, and a 50p fare is available between the harbour and High Street.

For an individual, the return fare remains £1. National bus passes are valid.

Town Councillor John Swan said: “Further to the success of the scheme last year we are carrying on with the park and ride scheme.

“We have found that on average, users of the service spend the most part of the day in Ilfracombe.

“Furthermore, having taken account of feedback, we have managed to reduce the fares on the service and encourage locals and those visiting the town alike to take advantage of the low fares, which are heavily subsidised.

“Large yellow signs direct people to the long stay car park at the swimming pool on entering the town, however, you don’t have to park at a car park to use the bus.”