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Park & Ride to the University of Portsmouth with new PR2 route

5 September 2018, 10:30

Portsmouth's Park & Ride is introducing a new route taking in Portsmouth and Southsea train station and the centre of the university campus.

From Monday 10 September in time for the start of the new university term, the Park & Ride will run two services: PR1 will run the usual route from the terminal down to the Hard Interchange, while the brand new route PR2 will accommodate the university area of the city.

Running every half hour from the M275 Park & Ride terminal, the PR2 bus will travel to Commercial Road (stand B) and the civic offices (stand M on Isambard Brunel Road) before stopping on Winston Churchill Avenue and Cambridge Road for university buildings.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth's Traffic and Transportation Cabinet Member, welcomes the new service and said. "We are constantly looking at how we can reduce the number of vehicles travelling into the city as a way of improving local air quality and reducing congestion. The new service will benefit university staff and students, and is even more convenient for those working in the Guildhall area of Portsmouth. Running on the hour, every half hour, from the Park & Ride terminal the new service will enable those travelling to the city centre and university to do so quickly and easily and I hope many will take advantage of this convenient service."

Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor University of Portsmouth said. "We are pleased the new route will provide our staff and students with a convenient and sustainable way of travelling to work and study. The frequent service provides a quick route into the heart of the campus and supports us in reducing our environmental impact on the city."

The PR2 service will run from 7am until 8pm Monday to Friday only. The last bus from Cambridge Road will be at 7.44pm. Daily tickets are charged at the same rate as the usual service, £4 per car (of up to five people travelling together) and all Park & Ride smartcard products are valid. Keep checking this website for more information.

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Could you be Park & Ride's one millionth customer?

2 August 2018, 12:15

We are fast approaching our one millionth Park and Ride customer. We can't say exactly when the lucky passenger will set foot on a Park & Ride bus, but according to our estimations it'll be soon!

The lucky customer will win an abundance of prizes including a Park and Ride smartcard, a family pass to the D-Day story and more!

For a chance of winning, jump on board this summer. With plenty of places to visit in Portsmouth there are lots of opportunities to use the Park and Ride.

Could your next trip to the city centre, the Historic Dockyard, Mary Rose Museum, Gunwharf Quays or the Spinnaker Tower make you our millionth customer?

Happy Birthday Park & Ride

5 April 2018, 09:00

Portsmouth’s Park and Ride is four years old today (5 April).

The first Park and Ride bus departed the M275 terminal on Saturday 5 April 2014 and during its opening week welcomed more than 7,000 customers.

Over the past four years an impressive 870,000 people have used the service and almost half a million cars have parked in the car park. This summer the service hopes to celebrate its one millionth customer.

On average the service sees 4,000 passengers a week and 17,000 a month. August 2017 was the busiest month to date with over 30,000 passengers choosing Park and Ride to travel in to the city.

Conveniently located on the M275 entrance to the city, the Park and Ride is open seven days a week with stops for Portsmouth International Port, Charles Dickens birthplace, the city centre, and The Hard for the Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays.

By parking their cars in the car park and using the Park and Ride bus to travel into the city, passengers have helped save over 1,000 metric tonnes of CO2.

Portsmouth City Council launched the Park and Ride service in response to the increasing number of visitors to the city generated by recent redevelopments. Park and Ride provides a sustainable option for visitors, as well as for commuters and the many major events in the city..

Park & Ride Portsmouth gets another stop!

8 November 2017, 17:00

In response to customer feedback, we've introduced a new stop to our route. The Cascades stop, which will be available from Friday 10 November, is handy for people wishing to visit Cascades Shopping Centre and the city centre shops. Perfect timing for Christmas shopping!

Our Park & Ride bus will stop at the existing St Agatha's bus stop on Marketway, which is just a two minute walk from Cascades Shopping Centre - and a little closer than the City Centre stop at Victoria Park. Passengers wishing to return to the Park & Ride terminal can use the stop opposite Victoria Park on Bishop Crispian Way.