On the buses! Extended summer hours for city’s Park & Ride scheme
Cheshire West and Chester Council releases new timetable in support of CH1ChesterBID’s Head Out Not Home campaign
A fleet of buses will be transporting people to the city centre every Thursday evening during the summer after Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) threw its weight behind the city’s Head Out Not Home campaign.
The Park & Ride Service, which runs from designated car parks at Chester Zoo, Wrexham Road, Boughton Heath and Sealand Road, usually finishes at 7pm, but a new half hourly service will now run on all routes until 9.15pm every Thursday until September 1.
Carl Critchlow, BID Manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “We’re really pleased that Cheshire West and Chester Council have chosen to support our Head Out Not Home campaign this summer. Their support and the extended Park & Ride timetable will allow us to offer visitors a range of parking options and make it easy for them to get into the city to experience everything it has to offer.
“We hope to encourage as many people as possible into Chester city centre on Thursday evenings throughout the summer to indulge in some late night shopping, have food with family and friends and enjoy the packed programme of music, movies, outdoor theatre taking place.”
Launched by CH1ChesterBID, the Head Out Not Home campaign aims to bridge the gap between the city’s daytime and evening economies. Every Thursday until September, more than 40 city centre retailers are keeping their doors open until 8pm for late night shopping, and a range of music and street entertainment will be taking place. Full details of the events and participating stores can be found online at www.ExperienceChester.co.uk.
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council is delighted to support CH1ChesterBID’s ‘Head Out Not Home’ campaign by extending the city’s Park & Ride service.
“Every Thursday until September 1, buses will run until 9.15pm to help customers to make the most of the fantastic shopping, dining, music and street entertainment that Chester has to offer.
“The extended hours means buses will still be running after the shops close at 8pm which will also help those retail workers who are working late.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council launched an improved cross-city Park & Ride service just last month in partnership with Stagecoach, including a greater choice of stops for customers. A fleet of 12 new buses also boast climate control; free 4G wi-fi and USB charging; premium quality seats and the latest enviro clean engine technology.
During the extended Thursday service buses on all routes will depart the city centre at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 7.15pm and 9.15pm.
For a full timetable and further information about the Park & Ride service click here.