City park and ride ex­tended for the Christ­mas pe­riod

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LE­ICES­TER Park and Ride is run­ning ex­tra ser­vices through­out De­cem­ber from all three sites – mean­ing it will be op­er­at­ing ev­ery day dur­ing the fes­tive month, ex­cept for Christ­mas Day.

The ex­tra ser­vices will be on all five Sun­days in De­cem­ber. On those Sun­days (De­cem­ber 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30), buses will be run­ning ev­ery 15 min­utes be­tween 10am and 5.30pm from the sites at Meynell’s Gorse, En­derby and Birstall.

A ser­vice is also run­ning on Box­ing Day (Wed­nes­day 26 De­cem­ber) from 10am to 5.30pm. In ad­di­tion to the Sun­day and Box­ing Day ser­vices, Le­ices­ter Park and Ride will be run­ning later into the evenings from Mon­day to Fri­day to al­low more time for Christ­mas shop­ping, bar­gain-hunt­ing in the post-Christ­mas sales, sight­see­ing or fam­ily days out. The later run­ning times are funded by Le­ices­ter’s Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District (BID).

The late run­ning dates and last bus times are: Mon­day 3 - Fri­day 7 De­cem­ber, 8.15pm Mon­day 10 - Fri­day 14 De­cem­ber, 9.15pm Satur­day 15 De­cem­ber, 8.15pm Mon­day 17 - Fri­day 21 De­cem­ber, 10.15pm Satur­day 22 De­cem­ber, 8.15pm Thurs­day 27 & Fri­day 28 De­cem­ber, 9.15pm Satur­day 29 De­cem­ber, 8.15pm The core Park and Ride ser­vices are joint- ly funded by Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil and Le­ices­ter City Coun­cil. More de­tails of the ad­di­tional ser­vices, fes­tive timeta­bles and fares are avail­able from the Le­ices­ter Park & Ride web­site.

Blake Pain, county coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port, said: “Le­ices­ter Park and Ride ser­vices are the per­fect way to travel into the city cen­tre to make the most of the fes­tive sea­son. Whether it’s for a shop­ping trip, a day out with the fam­ily, vis­it­ing the sights or just re­lax­ing with friends, the ex­tra ser­vices through­out De­cem­ber will make it eas­ier.

“I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one plan­ning trips into the city cen­tre to leave their ve­hi­cles at one of our three Park and Ride sites and take the bus in­stead.”

Deputy city mayor, Adam Clarke, said: “These ex­tended Park and Ride ser­vices are great news for any­one look­ing for an af­ford­able and has­sle-free way of com­ing into Le­ices­ter this Christ­mas.

“They will also help to re­duce the num­ber of ve­hi­cles com­ing into the city cen­tre at this par­tic­u­larly busy time of year, which is a vi­tal step as we look to­wards de­liv­er­ing bet­ter air qual­ity for Le­ices­ter.”

There will be no ser­vice on New Year’s Day, and nor­mal ser­vices re­sume on Wed­nes­day, 2 Jan­uary.

All three of the Park and Ride sites have free park­ing for ser­vice users, in­clud­ing dis­abled spa­ces and par­ent and child park­ing.

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