Cambridge’s award winning Park and Ride service is helping shoppers and commuters over the festive period with the introduction of Christmas helpers.

Park and Ride is one of the easiest and most stress-free ways of getting into Cambridge – especially around Christmas time when the City can be congested.

Christmas helpers have been on hand since the beginning of December at the Park and Rides to help people using the service. They are there from 9:30 in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon to help customers catch their buses, answer questions and to help people to their cars if their arms are full of Christmas presents. The help is aimed at those who are less familiar with the parking system including first time visitors, and is provided in addition to the permanent staff who are on hand to help at other times.

The extra service has been made possible by the parking charges introduced this year.

People can also make their Park & Ride experience even easier by paying for their parking beforehand at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/parkandride

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of Economy and Environment Committee said: “At Christmas, thousands of people flock to Cambridge, which is one of the best shopping destinations in the country. Christmas can be busy enough without having to drive into the congested centre of Cambridge. Park and Ride is the easiest and most convenient way of getting into the City and many people will be using it for the first time. Our helpers are part of our drive to provide excellent customer service. They will be on hand to help customers pay for their parking and get the right buses, answer questions and even carry the odd bulky present. The introduction of the parking charges this year has meant we have been able to bring in these extra temporary staff. To help make your day even more easier why not join the thousands who pay for their parking online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/parkandride “

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