Plenty of parking for Basingstoke Christmas shopping
An hour’s free parking in Basingstoke town centre isn’t just for Christmas, but it will certainly come in handy for picking up some presents. That’s the message to Christmas shoppers coming to Basingstoke by car this Christmas
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is reminding residents that there are lots of different options to avoid parking queues this Christmas
Alongside Festival Place’s car park, there are 17 council-owned car parks in the town, including Eastlands and Parklands at The Civic Offices, which are available for weekend shoppers.
All council short stay car parks offer up to one free hour of parking between 8am and 7pm throughout the year. If you are staying longer then you can choose to pay using cash, contactless, ‘check in, check out’ or via the RingGo parking app on your smartphone.
As a festive bonus, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is also opening a 105 space Christmas overflow car park on Basing View for weekends throughout December.
The car park is located between Network House and Mountbatten House on the lower section of Basing View.
Hopping on board the Centre Shuttle is a quick and convenient way to get to the town centre. The bus service links the Leisure Park with Basing View (during the week), the town centre and the railway station.
It runs Monday to Friday from 7am to 10.35pm, on Saturday from 8am to 10.35pm and on Sunday from 10am to 10.35pm.
With fares costing £2.40 for an adult all-day return, £1.20 for a child and £5 for a group of up to four adults or two adults and four children, it’s a cost effective way to get your shopping done this festive season.
The Centre Shuttle will be running throughout the festive season apart from Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December and Tuesday 1 January. On Monday 24 December and Monday 31 December the service will finish at 8.30pm.
The borough council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound said: “Basingstoke has so much to offer and there’s plenty of parking available to make sure a festive trip into town is an enjoyable experience, whether it’s to shop at The Malls, Festival Place or the Top of the Town, visit The Anvil or The Haymarket theatre, or to enjoy lunch at one of the town’s many places to eat.”