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Park & Ride: we want your views

16 August 2018, 18:15

We want to make sure our Park & Ride service meet the needs of all those who use it, or would like to use it. We want to understand why people use the Park & Ride, why they purchase different types of ticket and what they think about our ideas for service improvements and new ticket products.

So, whether you are a regular Park & Ride customer or have only used it once before, or even never used it, we would be delighted to hear from you. Take our short survey and tell us what you think.

Click here to take the survey.

The survey closes on Friday 14 September.

Victorious Festival

13 August 2018, 10:00

The Victorious Festival run their own bespoke Park & Ride service from Lakeside, North Harbour, PO6 3EN. For full details please visit the Victrious Festival website and click on Park & Ride.

You are of course welcome to use our service if you feel that it is suitable but please be aware that our last bus from the Hard Interchange is 7:15pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday - 4 minutes later than this for the City Centre pick up.

It is about 25 minutes' walk to the festival from the Hard Interchange. Alternatively you can purchase a Park & Ride + Hoverbus ticket at the Park & Ride and change to the Hoverbus at the Hard Interchange (Stand L) or the City Centre (Stop C).

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?

Race for Life with Park & Ride Portsmouth

6 July 2018, 15:00

For those taking part in the Race for Life this weekend and wish to use the Park & Ride you can either walk from the Hard Interchange (Gunwharf), which is around 30 mins walk (view directions) or buy a combined Park & Ride + Hoverbus ticket (£6 combined ticket - £4 standard day ticket) and catch the Hoverbus from Stop C on Commercial Rd in the city centre - see map below. Get off at stop P in the city centre and walk to stop C (3 mins walk). The Hoverbus will take you to Clarence Pier which is about 5 minutes from the event start.

For the return journey catch the Hover bus where you got off (Clarence Pier, Stop D) and take the bus to the Hard Interchange, Stand L and catch the Park & Ride from Stand C - see map below.

Good luck.

Catch the Bus from Park and Ride in free ticket giveaway

2 July 2018, 17:00

It’s 'Catch the Bus Week' and to mark the event, we are giving away 1,000 free Park and Ride tickets.

The national campaign, which runs until midnight on 8 July, is a fun initiative aimed at raising awareness of the many benefits of travelling by bus. Portsmouth is one of a number of UK cities getting involved.

Now in its sixth year, Catch the Bus Week, organised by Greener Journeys, highlights how central the bus is to communities around the country and aims to inspire people to leave the car and take the bus to their next destination.

The campaign comes hot on the heels of national Clean Air Day on 21 June. 300 people who applied for free tickets, chose to leave their cars and use the Park and Ride bus service in a bid to improve air quality.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "I'm delighted that we are able to support Catch the Bus Week with this fantastic giveaway. Portsmouth's Park and Ride is a great alternative to taking your car into the city.

"Travelling by bus means that you can enjoy the journey in comfort without the hassle of taking your car. You'll also be contributing to improving Portsmouth's air quality and relieving traffic congestion.

"Portsmouth is a very easy city to walk around and with this wonderful weather we're having it's a great time to enjoy the seafront, attractions and shopping. I hope this offer, in support of Catch the Bus Week, will encourage more people to give Park and Ride a try and inspire them to use it in the future."

For more information visit parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk. To find out more, visit the Catch the Bus Week website.

Click here to claim your free ticket or see our post on the Portsmouth City Council Facebook page. Tickets are issued on a first come first served basis, and are limited to one per household.

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..

City Council shows support on World Prematurity Day

16 November 2017, 15:30

Portsmouth City Council will light the Hard Interchange and Park & Ride Terminal in purple this Friday in support of World Prematurity Day (17 November).

By lighting prominent buildings such as these, national charity Ickle Pickle aims to highlight the need for vital specialised equipment needed by neonatal units across the country.

Locally, the charity is fundraising so the neonatal unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital can purchase new incubators. This essential equipment mimics the womb and provides a warm, safe and sterile environment for small and sick babies. So far 20% of the £250,000 target has been raised.

The Ickle Pickle Partnership turns gifts and donations into specialised intensive care equipment, such as incubators and ventilators, to help neonatal units care for babies born too soon or with an illness.

For more information or to make a donation visit the Ickle Pickle site.

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.