The service will run every Saturday for six weeks starting on Saturday 19 November 2005 and finishing on 24 December 2005. Festive shoppers should look out for the distinctive blue and white Park and Ride signs on major routes into the city. These will direct them to three supervised car park sites just outside the city centre at Woodhouse Moor, Burley Road and Tulip Retail Park.
Using the service couldn’t be simpler. At the car park, shoppers will be met by a security officer, directed to the parking areas and issued with a free ticket. The ticket has a map on the back showing where to catch the bus back from the city centre to the car park. Shoppers using the service will also receive a voucher with every parking pass issued which can be used at selected shops in the city centre.
Special express buses will then carry shoppers non-stop to and from the city centre every ten minutes. The service runs from 9.30am with the last buses leaving the city centre at 6.20pm (6.15pm on Christmas Eve). Shoppers can use the free bus service to return to their cars at any time.
Both the Woodhouse Moor service (888) and the Burley Road service (555) set down and pick up shoppers, outside the old Allders department store building on the Headrow. The Tulip Retail Park service (777) sets down and picks up on Lower Briggate.
This year, shoppers can also make use of extended parking hours at the Woodhouse Moor car park, which will be open until 9pm Monday to Saturday and until 6pm on Sundays. This car park will be fully staffed at all times and is Secure Car Park accredited.
For Park and Ride and all other travel details call Metroline (8am to 8pm every day) on (0113) 245 7676 or Gateway Yorkshire, the Tourist Information Centre, on (0113) 242 5242.