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Summer park and ride for Whitstable

A weekend park and ride scheme is to be trialled in Whitstable this summer in a bid to reduce congestion and make parking in the town easier. Click on the link for more details.

The city council service will run on nine Saturdays and Sundays between 11 July and 6 September, from 9am to 7pm each day, with 80 parking spaces provided at the Kent Messenger Group building at the Estuary View business park.

Buses will follow a route along Borstal Hill and the full length of the High Street, and will turn at Sea Street/Harbour Street. Bus stops on the inward journey will be near the library and at the Horsebridge, with a stop near the Cromwell Road roundabout for the return journey.

The council’s Head of Transportation and Engineering, Viv Pritchard, said the council hoped the scheme would be successful in tackling the problems the town suffers from during summer weekends.

He said: “Whitstable is a very popular town for visitors, especially at the weekend, and we know that parking is limited, which causes considerable congestion as people try and find a space.

“We have been trying to find a park and ride site for a number of years, but nothing has been suitable or available. However, the move of the Kent Messenger Group to Whitstable has given us a new option, and we are very pleased to be working with them to provide a much-needed facility.”

The park and ride site will be signposted from the Thanet Way and the council will be promoting it widely. If it is a success, the council will consider expanding it.