Council’s travel initiatives for Christmas countdown period
Cheshire West and Chester Council has come up with a number of travel and parking initiatives which it is hoped will help the countdown to Christmas run smoothly for shoppers and local businesses in Chester.
The council is supporting Small Business Saturday on Saturday 2nd December by providing free travel on Chester’s Park and Ride service from 12 noon.
Park and Ride services will also be extended during the festive shopping period.
To coincide with late night shopping in Chester, every Thursday from 16th November, the last bus will be at around 9pm instead of 7pm.
And, for the whole of the final shopping week before Christmas (Monday 18th December until Friday 22nd December), the last bus will also be at approximately 9pm.
As well as this, shoppers parking at the Market Car Park are being encouraged to pop into the indoor market next door, to receive a £1 discount on their parking ticket.
Scanning your ticket at a machine located in the Chester Market Hall will lead to £1 being automatically deducted from the cost of parking.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is also using this incentive to promote the diverse mix of small, local businesses to be found in the market.
There include the only fishmonger in the city centre as well as award-winning butchers, great food and produce, nail bars, hairdressers, gifts and crafts.
Cllr Karen Shore, cabinet member for environment, said: “We hope that these initiatives will give our small businesses a further boost during the festive season.
“We’re delighted to be able to support them and also provide additional transport options for residents and visitors during the busy run up to Christmas.”
The council has also promised that there will be no changes to parking tariffs in the city until after the Christmas period.