THERE is ‘an early Christmas present’ for Chichester shoppers, according to Chichester District Council.
A spokeswoman announced the free park-and-ride scheme was back for the Christmas season, running from the Chichester College car park into the city centre.
It starts from 4.30pm-8pm on Thursday (November 27) to coincide with the switch-on of the Chichester Christmas lights and late-night shopping.
From then, it is set to operate every weekend before Christmas as well as running on December 22, 23 and 24.
The service is planned to run every 15 minutes from 8am-6pm, except on Sundays when it will run from 9.30am-5.30pm.
“We’re delighted that the free park and ride service is returning for Christmas 2014,” said Myles Cullen, cabinet member for commerical services at Chichester District Council.
“If you’ve used the service before you will know the benefits of parking at the park-and-ride facility located at Chichester College.
“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.”
The bus will leave from the Chichester College car park at Westgate and drop off at:
- Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park)
- Northgate (the lay-by in Oaklands Way)
- Chichester Cathedral.
The service is organised and funded by the district council and supported by the college.