York shoppers set for early Christmas present – free parking and later buses

York shoppers set for early Christmas present – free parking and later buses

Residents and visitors to the city will get an early Christmas present this year with an extended Park & Ride service and free parking in Piccadilly multi-storey car park.

First York has extended Park & Ride services to run every Thursday evening from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 23 December. These services proved popular last year allowing people to enjoy the York Christmas Festival for longer, which starts on Thursday.

York Business Improvement District (BID) has worked with the council to offer people free parking at Piccadilly multi-storey car park from 3-9pm every Thursday and Friday. Free parking is available every Thursday and Friday from 16 November until 22 December.

Executive member for transport and planning, Cllr Ian Gillies, said: “York is well known for its fantastic festive spirit, I hope these great travel offers will encourage people to come and join in the festivities including the ever popular St Nicholas Fair. It will also help people to take part in some Christmas shopping from the great retailers in the city.”

Speaking about the late-night services, Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director of First York, said: “If you're planning to visit York in the run up to Christmas, Park & Ride offers a fast, affordable and hassle-free way to get into the city centre. We had a fantastic response from customers to our late-night Park & Ride services last year and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people on board this year.”

Park & Ride services will run every 15 minutes from all Park & Ride sites every Thursday. The Designer Outlet service will run later from Monday to Saturday.

Full timetable information is available online, but most services will now operate until 9.30pm on Thursday evenings, or Monday to Saturday from the Designer Outlet.

The Park & Ride services will run every 15 minutes, with the last services leaving the city centre at the following times:
Askham Bar (white line - route 3) – Rougier Street at 9.33pm
Designer Outlet (red line - route 7) – York Railway Station at 9.46pm
Monks Cross (silver line - route 9) – Rougier Street at 9.30pm
Poppleton Bar (turquoise line – route 59) – Station Road 9.33pm
Rawcliffe Bar (green line – route 2) – Museum Street at 9.30pm
Grimston Bar (yellow line – route 8) – Piccadilly at 9.30pm
For more information about travelling in and around York visit www.itravelyork.info

Photograph: visityork.org / Anthony Chappell-Ross

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