Lincoln BIG has confirmed that it is to operate a Park and Ride service from Waitrose on Nettleham Road to three city centre stops.
The service will operate 6 days per week from Monday to Saturday inclusive, with the first bus leaving Waitrose (Searby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4DS) from just before 7am and the last return bus leaving the City Centre at 6.20pm. It will start from Monday 20th February 2017.
The service will be operated by Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG) in partnership with Stagecoach East Midlands and Waitrose, with the support of the City of Lincoln Council and Lincolnshire County Council.
The service will use a combination of dedicated vehicles alongside existing local bus services to provide a bus normally every 15 minutes, although services at peak times early and late in the day may vary. All buses will clearly state on the destination screen that they serve the Waitrose Park and Ride service.
Parking at Waitrose will be free and the Adult daily return fare will £2.50. The charge is payable on the bus. Accompanied children will travel free. Concessionary bus pass holders will be able to use the service, for free, after 9.30 am on weekdays.
Local people within walking distance of the stop will also be able to use the service to and from Lincoln Waitrose, the city centre and Cathedral Quarter for the same fare. You don’t have to Park to benefit from this service.
Stagecoach Bus passes and deals will also be valid on the service, including the Lincoln BIG commuter bus pass.
Stops are at
- Nettleham Road: the inbound stop is adjacent to KFC opposite the Waitrose car park
- Northgate: next to Lincoln Cathedral for the Cathedral Quarter
- Broadgate: for the Cornhill Quarter, High St and the Waterside Shopping Centre
- Lincoln Bus Station: for the High Street and the St Marks Shopping Centre
The bus route will also offer a time advantage over car travel, This is because buses are able to take a shortcut near Lincoln Cathedral, via Pottergate, which is a one-way street for buses only.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service. We hope that the combination of local buses and dedicated vehicles will provide a sustainable solution that we give people an easy and good value alternative to city centre parking.
“We hope that the service will appeal to a wide range of users - including commuters, as it will start early in the morning and the last bus will be after 6pm - shoppers (who will find it easy to park with plenty of spaces) and tourist visitors who may prefer not to have to navigate right into the Cathedral Quarter.
“The partnership with Waitrose is warmly welcomed. The company has been very generous in allowing us to use its car park. We hope that the service is successful, and that many customers will shop in Waitrose too, but we also recognise that we will have to withdraw it if it proves so popular that it deters regular customers.
“We appreciate that this is not a perfect solution, using dedicated parking and buses, which would cost millions, but we think that it is one that could work for Lincoln. If it works well in this location, for both customers and for Waitrose, then the style of service could be replicated elsewhere in the city, using Lincoln’s extensive bus network.”