Lincoln BIG is working to make access to the city centre, for workers, shoppers and visitors alike, easier and more affordable.
Lincoln BIG recognises that access and car parking are key issues for city centre businesses. Despite not owning land itself Lincoln BIG has worked hard to develop creative solutions to improve access to the city centre for workers, shoppers and visitors. This includes a number of direct initiatives to make a real difference to people’s experience of working and visiting the city centre.
The Lincoln BIG board continues to lobby for the introduction of Park and Ride. We feel this is an essential access component in a historic city such as Lincoln which will be vital to the success of the Lincoln Castle revealed investment. We are also working with the Chamber of Commerce and local MPs to promote better rail access to the city.
Through our Access Opportunities Fund we have continued to negotiate the bulk purchase of car parking in the city centre’s less pressured car parks and resell these to our levy payers, we also purchase cheaper bus passes for resale. These initiatives continue to be very successful, with over 300 daily commuters using season tickets sold at these discounted rates.
We have also carried out work to promote cycling including the provision of cycle lockers and pooled electric bikes for city centre businesses and their employees to use.
Walk & Ride
Lincoln BIG took on the operation of the Walk and Ride bus service, in conjunction with PC Coaches in 2013, saving it from closure. This ensured the continuation of a well-used city centre shuttle bus service - providing a vital transport link between the uphill and downhill areas of the city centre.
The Walk and Ride bus service was re-launched in November 2013, with the service running 6 days a week, ferrying shoppers and tourists between the uphill and downhill areas of the city. The fleet of vehicles has been rebranded and now sports an orange and white livery, operating under the nickname 'The Steep Hill Shuttle'.