Free parking and later buses for York Christmas shoppers

Don't pay and display… Piccadilly car park. Photograph: YorkMix

Here’s an early present for York shoppers contemplating their Christmas gift-buying spree.

The York BID has worked with the council to introduce free parking at Piccadilly multi-storey car park from 3pm to 9pm every Thursday and Friday.

This will run every Thursday and Friday from now until December 22.

And First York has extended Park & Ride services to run every Thursday evening from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 23 December.

Most services will now operate until 9.30pm on Thursday evenings, or Monday to Saturday from the Designer Outlet.

“Christmas in York city centre is going to be bigger and better than ever before with more lights, attractions and great offers from retailers,” said executive director of York BID Andrew Lowson.

“Businesses are keen to make York centre as accessible as possible for local people in particular, so the free parking will be great for shoppers and retailers alike.”

All aboard the buses

Managing director of First York Marc Bichtemann said: “We had a fantastic response from customers to our late-night Park & Ride services last year and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people on board this year.”

The big festive lights switch on is on Thursday (November 16) signalling the start of York Christmas Festival and the opening of St Nicholas Fair.

Park & Ride late Thursday buses

The Park & Ride services will run every 15 minutes, with the last services leaving the city centre at the following times:

Askham Bar (white line – route 3) – Rougier Street at 9.33pm
Designer Outlet (red line – route 7) – York Railway Station at 9.46pm
Monks Cross (silver line – route 9) – Rougier Street at 9.30pm
Poppleton Bar (turquoise line – route 59) – Station Road 9.33pm
Rawcliffe Bar (green line – route 2) – Museum Street at 9.30pm
Grimston Bar (yellow line – route 8) – Piccadilly at 9.30pm