Ditch the car this weekend, urges council

The St George's Roundabout is one of the busiest parts of the city

Drivers should ditch their cars and use public transport this coming weekend, says Canterbury City Council.

Saturday, September 22 is World Car Free Day which aims to remind people of the benefits to the environment of reducing pollution created by car use.

This weekend will see more students returning to the city to resume studies, the start of the three-day Canterbury Food and Drink Festival in the Dane John Gardens on Friday and the The First World War Centenary Drumhead Service at the St Lawrence Ground on Sunday.

The council is urging people coming into Canterbury to park and ride or switch to bike or foot.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of the council’s regeneration and property committee,  said: “We love the fact the city will be busy, bustling and full of life.

“We want our regular visitors and those new to the area to have the best possible experience.

“That’s why we are calling on people to use our Park and Ride car parks, public transport, their bikes or feet to get to these fantastic events if they can.

“You will be doing your bit to cut congestion and improve air quality while on your way to having a fantastic day out.”

It costs £3.50 to park a car for the day at Canterbury’s Park and Ride sites in New Dover Road, Wincheap and Sturry Road.

The driver and up to five passengers will then be taken into the city centre.

A council spokesman added: “This avoids the queues and the hassle of finding somewhere to park.

“A whole range of Stagecoach bus routes take passengers into the city centre and Canterbury West and Canterbury East railway stations are nearby.”

Log on to the council’s website for more information.


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