A new park and ride facility at Onslow is now open to the public, running regular bus services to Guildford train station and town centre in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
Located just off the A3 to the west of central Guildford next to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Surrey Sports Park, the facility has been built using £3m of funding won by Surrey County Council from the Department for Transport. Perfectly located for commuters and shoppers heading into Guildford northbound on the A3, the site has 550 car park spaces and is only ten minutes from the town centre.
The facility will reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in Guildford by encouraging people to travel in by bus, whilst boosting the local economy by making it easier for shoppers from other towns and villages to access the town centre.
The Onslow park and ride is just one of a raft of measures being put in place in Surrey by the Travel SMART programme, which aims to help Surrey residents and businesses cut calories, carbon and cost. A partnership between Surrey County Council and other local organisations including Guildford Borough Council, it is funded by the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet member for Transport said: “We’re delighted that the new park and ride facility at Onslow is open in time for Christmas. Park and ride buses are the best way for drivers to get into the centre of Guildford and are a greener and smarter way to travel. By getting cars off the town centre roads, they keep Guildford moving and boost the local economy.”
Cllr James Palmer, Deputy Leader and Lead Councillor for Infrastructure at Guildford Borough Council, says: “The opening of Onslow park and ride is great news for residents, shoppers, businesses and visitors. Park and ride helps reduce traffic and ease congestion, and also gives direct access to the town centre. We hope as many people as possible will try the new park and ride service and take advantage of the special introductory ticket price.”
Fares for parking at Onslow and a bus journey to and from Guildford have been set at £2.50 for an adult day return or £10 for a weekly ticket, but a special introductory fare of just £1.50 for an adult day return – which also allows two children to travel free – is available until March 2014. Buses run every 15 minutes between 7.30am – 7.00pm Monday to Saturday.
More information on Travel SMART can be found at www.travelsmartsurrey.info
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