Chichester park and ride scheme returns for Christmas

Father Christmas at Bognor Regis last year
Father Christmas at Bognor Regis last year
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A free park and ride scheme is returning to the city centre in time for the festive season.

Chichester’s Christmas Park and Ride will start today (November 26) to coincide with the city’s lights switch-on event.

The route starts from Chichester College car park then continues into the city centre with drop-off and pick-up points from Eastgate, opposite the Cattle Market car park; Northgate – the lay-by in Oakland’s; and Chichester Cathedral.

Today the service will run every 15 minutes from 4.30pm-8.30pm.

It will then operate from 8am-6pm every Saturday, and from December 21-24.

On Sundays, the shuttle will run from 9.30am-5.30pm.

Councillor Gillian Keegan, cabinet member for commercial services at Chichester District Council, said: “We’re delighted that the free park and ride service is returning for Christmas 2015.

“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.

“The service offers a convenient and less-stressful alternative to the car.

“With a dedicated bus every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey into the city centre, avoiding congestion.

“This service also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas.”

The initiative is being organised and funded by Chichester District Council, and supported by Chichester College.

For details call 01243 534500, email carparks@chichester.gov.uk or visit www.chichester.gov.uk/parking

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