Shoppers and visitors to Lincoln over the festive period are encouraged to make the most
of the city’s special Park & Ride services.
New arrangements have been put in place especially to meet the extra influx of visitors at
this time of year.
But there is also good news for regular Park & Ride users because the service is being
extended and improved in the New Year.
During the Lincoln Christmas Market – which the Park & Ride Service (normally operated
out of Waitrose in Nettleham Road) – will be closed. From December 7 to 9, The
Christmas Market Park & Ride will operate from the Lincolnshire Showground, north of
After reverting back to Waitrose, Nettleham Road, the service will continue as usual, until
Christmas week. Then it will be temporarily relocated to Bishop Grosseteste University, in
Newport, where it will offer the Christmas Bus Service from December 18 to 23.
From December 27 to 30 people Park & Ride will, once again, be operating its Saturday
timetable. There will be no service on New Year’s Day – but normal services will resume
on January 2. Lincoln’s Park & Ride service, which was devised by Lincoln BIG in collaboration with
Stagecoach East Midlands and Waitrose, has become increasingly popular since its
launch in February.
Its popularity has led to Lincoln BIG – which has been supporting the city’s Walk & Ride
service alongside Lincolnshire County Council – to decide to end its sponsorship of that
service and plough more resources into the Park & Ride operation.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan: “After supporting Walk & Ride with more than
£50,000 of sponsorship over a period of years, we felt it would make more sense to put
our resources into creating a new City Centre Travel Zone, incorporating the Park & Ride
service, as well as other local buses.
“The changes have been instigated by Lincoln BIG as we feel it will provide a better
service when the new bus station opens and a more effective use of our funding, which
comes from our City Centre business ratepayers.
The new services will extend Park & Ride to create a loop with three new stops in the City
*The service will be more frequent. The Park & Ride service runs every 15 minutes, as
opposed to Walk & Ride which is 20 minutes, and services to and from the Cathedral and
the new bus station, which will incorporate other local buses, will be every five to seven
minutes, on average.
*More regular. Services will start earlier in the morning and finish later at night and there
will no longer be a gap in service in the afternoon, which has been one of the main
disadvantages of the Walk & Ride service, as the Walk & Ride buses are also used for
the school runs.
*Cheaper, with a new all-day hop-on-hop-off fare, priced at £2.50 - £1.50 (single).
*Cover all of the most popular stops, including Newport Arch, The Cathedral, Silver Street
and the new bus station.
*Include a Park & Ride option at no extra cost. Anyone using Park & Ride at Waitrose will
also be able to use City Centre Zone buses as much as they want when they buy a Park &
Final details of the plans are being worked on, with a view to starting as soon as the new
bus station is up and running in January.