A FREE Park and Ride service is to be rolled out in Limerick for the Christmas season.
Limerick City and County Council has announced that the service will begin from Saturday, December 6 providing a convenient transport alternative for shoppers over the next few weeks.
The pilot scheme, which will be operated by Bus Eireann on behalf of the local authority, will provide a free shuttle bus service from the Greyhound Stadium on the Dock Road to and from a special Park and Ride bus stop on Lower Cecil Street, Buses will operate every 15 minutes in each direction.
The service will operate from 10am to 7pm daily up until Christmas Eve.
“We’re delighted to provide this free service which should prove attractive to people who feel uncomfortable using multi-story car parks or who dislike driving in busy city centres,” said Cllr Michael Sheahan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District.
“If used, the Park and Ride has the potential to remove hundreds of cars per day from the city centre thus reducing congestion. We are grateful to our partners for their support, including the Limerick Greyhound Stadium for providing the parking facility and Bus Eireann who will operate the service on our behalf,” he added.
The Christmas Park and Ride service is one of a number of initiatives that Limerick City and County Council is providing over the festive season including making on-street car parking spaces free from 3pm every day.
Private car park owners have joined with the local authority to promote Christmas and New Year shopping in the city centre by reducing parking rates and making special offers available to motorists to festive shoppers and visitors.
Limerick City and County Council consulted with a Working Group set up to discuss Christmas parking initiatives in the city centre which included nominated councillors and a representative group from Limerick City Business Association.