Free park and ride to return to Chichester

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An early Christmas present has arrived for shoppers heading to Chichester to do some festive shopping.

The popular free park and ride scheme is about to return to pick up from Chichester College car park for a fifth year.

The shuttle service will begin on November 24, to coincide with the city’s Christmas lights switch on.

It will start from Chichester College car park and continue into the centre with drop-off and pick-up points at Eastergate (opposite the Cattle Market car park); Northgate (the lay-by in Oakland’s) and Chichester Cathedral.

On November 24 the service will run every 15 minutes from 4.30pm until 8.30pm.

It will then operate from 8am–6pm every Saturday, plus December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

The Sunday service will run 9.30am until 5.30pm every Sunday before Christmas Day.

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 2016.

“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.

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