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Park and ride services extended for Christmas period

Published on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Wheel of Light and ice rink at sunset in Jubilee Square

VISITORS coming into Leicester over the Christmas period will be able to take advantage of extended Park and Ride services from Sunday, December 2.

The three Park and Ride routes serving the city – from Meynell’s Gorse, Birstall and Enderby – are all offering extended services to help Christmas shoppers throughout running December.

Monday to Saturday services will run between one and three hours later than normal, allowing shoppers to make the most of the city’s late-night shopping, the Wheel of Light ferris wheel and the Jubilee Square ice rink, which opens to the public on December 6.

The services from Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse drop off at St Nicholas Circle beside the Wheel of Light and ice rink. The Birstall service stops at Causeway Lane – a five-minute walk from Jubilee Square.

The extended Monday to Saturday Park and Ride service is being funded by BID Leicester, to encourage people into the city this Christmas. The exact timings of the late services vary throughout December, and are detailed on the BID website at

In addition, the core Park and Ride Sunday services will also operate on the five Sundays in December. The service is operated jointly by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.

It means that Park and Ride services will operate every day in December except Christmas Day itself.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke said: “The run-up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year for businesses, bars, restaurants and shops across the country, and the extended Park and Ride services are the ideal way to enable people to travel into the city centre without worrying about parking.

“If you’ve never used our Park and Ride services before, this is a great time to try them for the first time.

“BID Leicester have funded the additional late-night services, while ourselves and the county council, which operate the core Park and Ride routes, have added a Sunday service to ensure that people can travel in and out of the city easily throughout December.”

Details of the December Park and Ride services are available at:

Full details of all Christmas events in Leicester are available at