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News release - Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council announces its package of Christmas Park&Ride incentives

City of York Council is inviting people to experience York’s unique and vibrant retail and cultural offer over the Christmas period with extended Park&Ride (P&R) services on Thursdays and Boxing Day.

In the lead up to Christmas, the council is working with First York to provide a late night shopping service on all Park&Ride routes every Thursday, with the last bus leaving the city centre on all routes at around 9.30pm. For exact timings visit

The extended service will run from Thursday 17 November to coincide with the biggest Christmas market in York’s calendar – York Christmas Festival (which includes St Nicholas Fair), which runs between 17 November and 23 December.
In addition to this, passengers will also be able to take advantage of travel on Boxing Day on three P&R routes (standard fares apply):

• Askham Bar (white line - route 3) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Tower Street at 6.40pm
• Designer Outlet (red line - route 7) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.40pm
• Monks Cross (silver line - route 9) – First bus at 7am from the site, last bus back from Rougier Street at 6.40pm

All three services will operate at a 15 minute frequency throughout the day for all passengers and will serve all bus stops along the route.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “This will help our city centre economy in the build up to Christmas and kick start the sale season, encouraging even more shoppers to visit York. The Park&Ride bus service for late night shoppers and Boxing Day is part of the council’s commitment to support city centre retailers.”

Frank Wood, Chair of the Retail Forum, said: "The York Retail Forum is delighted that the Park&Ride will be open on Boxing Day. Boxing Day is becoming a more and more important part of retailing in many centres and York is no exception. Visitors to York will, after the delights, stresses and strains of Christmas Day, be able to relax with some excellent retail therapy in the superb shopping destination of York with its wide range of independents and national chains to whet the appetite of even the most reluctant shopper! The extension to the late night shopping and the extended St Nicholas Festival will allow whole families to take advantage of York’s superb offerings.”

Marc Bichtemann, Managing Director at First in York, said: "Our additional late night services always prove popular with customers, and we’re therefore delighted to play our part in providing travel solutions for people looking to spend more time in the city over the festive period."

To find out more about the Chrismas bus offer or to find the best bus route through York, try out the council’s i-Travel York online Journey Planner at


Executive Members and their portfolios:

• Executive Member for Transport and Planning is Cllr Ian Gillies on 07939590767

For further information please contact:

Debbie Manson
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 552005
Mobile: 07767318082

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