Shoppers and visitors to Lincoln over the festive period are encouraged to make the most of the city’s special Park & Ride services.
New arrangements have been put in place especially to meet the extra influx of visitors at this time of year. But there is also good news for regular Park & Ride users because the service is being extended and improved in the New Year.
During the Lincoln Christmas Market the Park & Ride Service (normally operated out of Waitrose in Nettleham Road) – will be closed. From December 7 to 9, The Christmas Market Park & Ride will operate from the Lincolnshire Showground, north of Lincoln.
Afterwards the service reverts back to Waitrose, Nettleham Road, and will continue as usual, until Christmas week. Then it will be temporarily relocated to Bishop Grosseteste University, in Newport, where it will offer the Christmas Bus Service from December 18 to 23.
From December 27 to 30 people Park & Ride will, once again, be operating its Saturday timetable. There will be no service on New Year’s Day – but normal services will resume on January 2.
Lincoln’s Park & Ride service, which was devised by Lincoln BIG in collaboration with Stagecoach East Midlands and Waitrose, has become increasingly popular since its launch in February.
Its popularity, has led to Lincoln BIG to decide to end its sponsorship of the Walk & Ride service - which it has been supporting alongside Lincolnshire County Council - and plough more resources into the Park & Ride operation.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said “After supporting Walk & Ride with more than £50,000 of sponsorship over a period of years, we felt it would make more sense to put our resources into creating a new City Centre Travel Zone, incorporating the Park & Ride service, as well as other local buses.
“The changes have been instigated by Lincoln BIG as we feel it will provide a better service when the new bus station opens and a more effective use of our funding, which comes from our City Centre business ratepayers.”
New City Centre Bus Services
The new services will extend Park & Ride to create a loop with three new stops in the City Centre. The service will:
- Be more frequent. The Park & Ride service runs every 15 minutes, as opposed to Walk & Ride which is 20 minutes, and services to and from the Cathedral and the new bus station, which will incorporate other local buses, will be every five to seven minutes, on average.
- Be more regular. Services will start earlier in the morning and finish later at night and there will no longer be a gap in service in the afternoon, which has been one of the main disadvantages of the Walk & Ride service, as the Walk & Ride buses are also used for school runs.
- Be cheaper, with a new all day hop-on hop-off fare, priced at £2.50 - £1.50 (single).
- Cover all of the most popular stops, including Newport Arch, The Cathedral, Silver Street and the new bus station.
- Include a Park & Ride option at no extra cost. Anyone using Park & Ride at Waitrose will also be able to use City Centre Zone buses as much as they want when they buy a Park & Ride ticket.
Final details of the plans are being worked on, with a view to starting as soon as the new bus station is up and running in January.