A bus service in Chester is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Chester Park and Ride began on November 23, 1983 and was originally set up as a trial over the Christmas period.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength, expanding into the service enjoyed by passengers today.

There are now four Cheshire West and Chester Council Park and Ride sites at Boughton Heath, Upton, Wrexham Road and Sealand Road.

Car parking is free for service users and an adult bus fare is £2, with up to two accompanied children under 16 years of age travelling free.

Councillors and officers involved in the original plan for the service joined the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Jill Houlbrook and Councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, to celebrate the service’s 30th birthday at the Wrexham Road Park and Ride site.

Cllr Riley said: “Our Park and Ride sites are always very popular and remain a key part of our transport network.”

“The service is used by thousands of people each day and has built on the success of that very first trial in 1983.”

 

Cllr David Robinson, opposition spokesman for transport was involved in bringing forward the first Park and Ride site. He said: “Introducing Park and Ride to Chester 30 years ago was an act of true vision with cross party support that was good for the environment, crucial to Chester’s economy and vital for sustainable access to our city. It is still popular and has stood the test of time.”

All four sites have been awarded the Park Mark safer parking award and between them provide more than 3,000 parking spaces – a significant improvement on the 250 car park spaces when the service first started.

The Park and Ride service continues to provide a sustainable mode of transport, catering for thousands of regular commuters, shoppers, visitors and day trippers each year.

Buses run every 10 minutes during peak time and every 15 minutes off peak

For Christmas until December 19, a late night service and ‘Free After 2pm’ will be available every Thursday on the Park and Ride service.