City of York Council boosts its package of Christmas incentives

11 Dec 2012 @ 3.50 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council is enticing even more people to experience York’s unique and vibrant retail and cultural offer over the Christmas period by boosting its bumper package of festive incentives.

In addition to offering free parking after 6pm on each Thursday evening until the 20 December, all day free parking on Boxing Day and an investment from the council of £18,500 to ensure that 21 streets across the city centre are festooned in lights, the council is now funding three key Park and Ride service routes on Boxing Day with free travel for all passengers.

Following a meeting with the Retail Forum and positive feedback from businesses supporting the scheme last year, the council is investing £10,600 through the Economic Infrastructure Fund to support the city centre economy through the enhanced Park & Ride offer.

Three Park & Ride services will operate on Boxing Day, including:

  • Askham Bar (route 3) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Tower Street at 6.42pm
  • Designer Outlet (route 7) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.42pm
  • Monks Cross (route 9) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.43pm

All three services will operate at a 15 minute frequency throughout the day and will be FREE for all passengers (and will stop at all usual stops along the route).

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said: “The free car parking and Park & Ride bus service on Boxing Day is part of the council’s commitment to support city centre retailers and was agreed following feedback from the retailers.

“Like last year, we hope that the initiative will kick start the sale season, encouraging even more shoppers to come to York after what has been a bumper 12-months for the city following the Olympic Torch, HM The Queen’s visit and York800 celebrations.”

Frank Wood, Chair of the Retail Forum, said: “A vitally important link for the city, the Park and Ride, has been confirmed as running on Boxing Day. This is great news for York’s retailers and visitors alike as it provides a speedy, preferential route into the city and relieves visitors of the need to find a parking space at a busy time.”

Andy Crum, Store Manager of Marks and Spencer York, said: “We are really pleased that the council has taken the decision to offer a free Park and Ride service in York on Boxing Day. It will benefit both retailers and visitors to the city centre and is great news.”

Simon Pearson, Commercial Director for First in York, said: “First is delighted to play its part in ensuring the Park and Ride is central to people’s travel plans over the festive period.”

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