Chichester’s free Christmas Park and Ride returns

Christmas has come early for shoppers searching for those all-important gifts in Chichester. The free Park and Ride is back again this year, providing quick and easy transport for residents and visitors in the city centre to make Christmas shopping a breeze.

The service is supported by Chichester College and means that residents and visitors can spend more time looking for presents rather than parking spaces in the run-up to Christmas.

The Park and Ride service starts on Thursday 23 November to coincide with the lights switch-on event in the city.

The route starts from Chichester College car park and then continues into the city centre with convenient pick up and drop off points in the following locations:

  • Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park)

  • Northgate (the lay-by in Oaklands); and

  • Chichester Cathedral.

On 23 November the service will run every 15 minutes from 4.30pm until 8.30pm for the lights switch on event.

Following this, the dates and times for the 2017 Park and Ride are as follows:

Thursday 23 November

4.30pm until 8.30pm (light switch-on)

Saturday 2 December

8am until 6pm

Sunday 3 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Saturday 9 December

8am until 6pm

Sunday 10 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Saturday 16 December

8am until 6pm

Sunday 17 December

9.30am until 5.30pm

Wednesday 20 December

8.30am until 6pm

Thursday 21 December

8.30am until 6pm

Friday 22 December

8.30am until 6pm

Saturday 23 December

8am until 6pm

Sunday 24 December

Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, says: "We’re delighted that the free Park and Ride service is returning for Christmas 2017. It has proved to be very popular in the past and we hope that this year will be no different.

“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.

“Chichester is a popular shopping destination at Christmas so the Park and Ride service provides residents and visitors with a more convenient and less stressful alternative to using their car. With a dedicated bus every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey avoiding congestion. An increase in visitors to the city centre also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas.”