The free park and ride is back again this year, providing quick and easy transport for residents and visitors in the city centre to make Christmas shopping a breeze.

The service is operated by Stagecoach and supported by Chichester College and means that residents and visitors can spend more time looking for presents rather than parking spaces in the run-up to Christmas.

The Park and Ride service starts on Saturday 1 December and will run on selected dates over the Christmas period.

The route starts from Chichester College car park and then continues into the city centre with convenient pick up and drop off points in the following locations:

  • Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park)
  • Northgate (the lay-by in Oaklands); and
  • Chichester Cathedral.

The dates and times for the 2018 Park and Ride are as follows:

Date

Time

Saturday 1 December

8.30am until 6pm

Sunday 2 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Saturday 8 December

8.30am until 6pm

Sunday 9 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Saturday 15 December

8.30am until 6pm

Sunday 16 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Wednesday 19 December

8.30am until 6pm

Thursday 20 December

8.30am until 6pm

Friday 21 December

8.30am until 6pm

Saturday 22 December

8.30am until 6pm

Sunday 23 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Monday 24 December

8.30am until 6pm

Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, says: "We're delighted that the free Park and Ride service is returning for Christmas 2018. It has proved to be very popular in the past and we hope that this year will be no different.

"If you've used the service before you will know the benefits of parking at the Park and Ride facility at Chichester College and then continuing the rest of your journey into the city centre by public transport.

"Chichester is a popular shopping destination at Christmas so the Park and Ride service provides residents and visitors with a more convenient and less stressful alternative to using their car. With a dedicated bus every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey avoiding congestion. An increase in visitors to the city centre also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas."

People can find more information and advice over the festive period on the Countdown to Christmas web page.  

Date of release: 19 November 2018

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