COVID-19 Salisbury's park and ride sites to temporarily close

COVID-19 Salisbury's park and ride sites to temporarily close

Published by Mike Draper at 4:20pm 3rd April 2020.

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It's been has confirmed the city's five P&R sites will shut from 5 April until further notice, following the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Salisbury's five park and ride sites are at:

  • Beehive
  • Wilton
  • Britford
  • London Road
  • Petersfinger
A PR3 bus at the Wilton Park and Ride site.
CLOSURE: Wilton's Park and Ride is among the five P&R sites to close from Sunday for the foreseeable because of Covid-19.

Wiltshire Council's decision to temporarily close the sites is due to significantly reduced usage recently, following the government's message for people to stay at home.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Wiltshire Council Leader, said:

"With stay at home restrictions in place and footfall significantly reduced, we feel this is a sensible decision."

"People can use on and off-street parking bays without time restriction or charge. This includes any council car parks, on-street paid for parking bays and permit bays in controlled parking zones."

"We look forward to getting the sites back up and running as soon as possible after travel restrictions are lifted and life in Salisbury is able to return to normal."

SALISBURY REDS ALSO REDUCING SERVICES

The decision to close the P&R sites temporarily coincides with Salisbury Reds reducing the frequency of its bus services in Salsibury from Sunday as well.

Housing estates close to the park & ride sites will continue to be served by buses once per hour.

Andrew Wickham, Salisbury Reds managing director, added:

"These are unprecedented times, and this drop in use of park-and-ride facilities is to be expected. In view of this, we support Wiltshire Council's decision to temporarily close the service."

"Our team is working very hard to provide essential bus travel for key workers here in Salisbury. This latest move allows us to fully focus our resources on providing bus services elsewhere in the city - so that NHS staff and others can travel to-and-from work via sustainable transport. We look forward to re-introducing Salisbury’s park-and-ride services in the future."

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