Winchester can be very busy during the festive season with visitors and Christmas shoppers and although the city has good public transport connections, if you are travelling by car it can be difficult to find a parking space, this is why Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) have launched a range of initiatives to help make parking easier.
New for 2019 – Park and Stride for BID members available Monday to Friday at Winchester Football Club
A new initiative from Winchester Football Club and Winchester BID will see the car park at Winchester FC opened up throughout December to provide 80 spaces for businesses to park for just £99 for the month (with a 25% discount available for the first 40 cars). Park at Stride at Winchester Football Club will be available from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday throughout December. To purchase your monthly parking pass, please email Matt Richbell: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a short walk through the picturesque River Park to the city centre, Winchester FC hopes this will help to alleviate stress for commuters and businesses trying to find a space in the city’s busy car parks throughout December. “A monthly parking pass is a stress-free solution for businesses to ensure their staff can park easily, safely and affordably during December whilst raising much-needed funds for Winchester FC.” explained Club Chairman, Elliot Trodd. He enthused “It’s also a great way to stretch your legs before work and could help to reduce traffic jams in the city centre. It’s a win, win!”
Paul Spencer, Executive Director of Winchester BID added ‘We are very pleased to support this new initiative which will provide additional parking provision during the busy festive season while also helping to raise funds for Winchester FC.”
Winchester FC, which has just amalgamated the Winchester Youth FC and Winchester City Ladies Flyers, has future plans for a brand new all-weather 3G pitch. With the First Team flying high in Division One South of the Southern League and now with over 700 players in the whole Club, these exciting new developments are bringing Winchester FC right back into the heart of the local community.
Free weekend parking for BID members at Tower Street car park
Employees of BID member businesses will be able to park for free in the basement level of the Tower Street car park managed by Hampshire County Council at weekends in the lead up to Christmas. To book your parking space, please email the dates when you would like to park your car (available dates include: Saturday 30 November, Sunday 1 December, Saturday 7 December, Sunday 8 December, Saturday 14 December, Sunday 15 December, Saturday 21 December, Sunday 22 December), your name, the name of your business and your car registration number to: email@example.com.
Free Park and Ride service on Sundays
Winchester BID are working together with Winchester City Council again this year to offer a free Park and Ride service available to anyone visiting the city on Sundays in the lead up to Christmas. For more information about Park and Ride, please visit: winchester.gov.uk/parking/parkandride
Download the Park Winchester app to view parking space availability
The Winchester BID free Park Winchester app shows where there are parking spaces available at the city’s four Park and Ride sites as well as car parks in the city centre and is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.
Additional temporary screens to provide travel information at key entry points to the city
Winchester BID are working together with Winchester City Council to install temporary portable variable message signs (VMS) at key entry points into the city during the festive season with up to date travel and parking information.