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Park and Ride
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A Park and Ride facility is a car park constructed to allow for travel mode transfer between private cars and public transport. Most are located on radial routes into towns and city centres to allow for transfer to buses, but a number are constructed next to rail or tram stations to transfer to those vehicles, leading to colloquialisms such as Park and Tram. Park and Ride services are also provided as a temporary feature for major events, whether by providing different services from established locations, or as a short term set up such as the service provided between Fort William and the Nevis Range centre at Torlundy for the Mountain Biking world Cup events.

Whilst many Park and Ride services operate 7 days a week, some only operate Monday to Friday, for city centre workers, whilst others only operate at weekends to cater for shoppers. Additional services are also provided in some locations to cater for Christmas shoppers. Generally speaking, although by no means always, those services which operated 5-7 days a week are purpose built, whilst those with more limited operations often use pre-existing car parks, such as out of town council offices which are only used Monday to Friday. Similarly, quite a lot of sites are based in the car parks of Football Stadiums, and so naturally are not available on match days.


Due to the differing nature of the public transport, a range of signage is used, featuring buses, trams, or trains, or the National Rail symbol.


The following table is incomplete. Park & Ride sites in Italics are former or limited service sites.

United Kingdom

City or Town Sites First Implemented Onward Transport
Aberdeen Bridge of Don, Ellon, Kingswells, Stonehaven, Bus & Train
Aberystwyth Boulevard St Brieuc Bus
Bath Lansdown, Newbridge, Odd Down; Bath Uni Bus
Barnstaple Next to Park Community School (Closed in March 2016) Bus
Basingstoke Leisure Complex, Churchill Way West Bus
Birmingham Many railway stations are signed as park and ride. Rail
Bedford Elstow Bus
Brighton Withdean Bus
Bristol Avonmouth (Portway), Brislington, Long Ashton, Bus
Canterbury New Dover, Sturry Road, Wincheap Bus
Cambridge Barbaraham Road, Madingley Road, Milton, Newmarket Road, Trumpington Bus & Guided Busway
Cardiff Bus
Chelmsford Chelmer Valley, Sandon Bus
Cheltenham Arle Court Bus
Chester Boughton, Sealand Road, Upton Zoo, Wrexham Road, Hooton Bus/rail
Colchester A12 J28 Bus
Coventry War Memorial Park Bus
Cowes Bus
Dartmouth Bus
Derby Meteor Centre, Pride Park Bus
Doncaster Adwick le Street*, Balby Carr, Bentley Park*, Conisbrough*, Hatfield & Stainforth*, Kirk Sandall*, Mexborough*, Parrots Corner, Thorne North*, Woodlands Park Bus & Train (*Limited Parking at stations)
Dorchester Weymouth Avenue Bus
Dunfermline Halbeath (M90 J3) Bus
Durham Belmont Park, Howlands, Sniperley Bus
Edinburgh Ferrytoll, Halbeath, Hermiston, Ingliston, Newcraighall, Sherriffhall, Straiton Bus, Rail, Tram
Exeter Honiton Road, Matford, Sowton Bus
Falmouth Ponsharden Bus & Boat
Fareham Boarhunt (closed 2010 due to low usage) Bus
Glasgow Bridge Street, Kelvinbridge, Shields Road Subway
Gloucester Waterwells Bus
Guildford Artington, Merrow, Onslow, Spectrum Park Bus
High Wycombe Coachway (Handy Cross) Bus
Horsham Hop Oast Bus
Ipswich London Road, Martlesham Bus
Kincardine Walker Street Bus & coach to nearby towns
Kingston upon Hull Priory Bus
Kinross Next to Sainsburys Coaches across Scotland
Leeds Elland Road, King Lane, Pontefract Lane Bus
Leicester Birstall, Enderby, Meynell's Gorse Bus
Ludlow Ludlow Eco Park Bus
Maidstone London Road, Sittingbourne Road, Willington Street Bus
Manchester Hazel Grove, Radcliffe, Whitefield, Ashton Moss, Ashton West, Sale Water Park, Wardley A580, Hollinwood, Rochdale (railway station and Metrolink stop), East Didsbury, Horwich Parkway; there are other stations around Greater Manchester with TfGM-designated free park & ride car parks Bus, tram and rail
Hedge End Ageas Bowl Southampton Airport (Parkway) station, Eastleigh sports ground, Hedge End station, Bursledon (all event days only) Combined bus and rail
Milton Keynes Brook Furlong Bus
Norwich Costessey, Harford, Norwich Airpoirt, Postwick, Sprowston, Thickthorn Bus
Nottingham Colwick, Cotgrave, Forest Park, Hucknall, Moorbridge, Phoenix Park, Queens Drive, Shepherds Restaurant Stragglethorpe, Wilkinson Street Bus & Tram
Oxford Peartree, Redbridge, Thornhill, Water Eaton 1960s (Trials) 1973 (Permanent) Bus
Perth Broxden, Scone Park Bus
Plymouth Coypool, Milehouse Bus
Portsmouth Tipner (previous site at Northarbour still used seasonally) 2015 Bus (mixed bus-and-ferry service operates during summer, partly as a tourist attraction)
Preston Portway, Walton le Dale Bus
Reading Loddon Bridge, Madjeskie Stadium Bus
Salisbury Beehive, Britford, London Road, Petersfinger, Wilton Bus
Scarborough Filey Road, Seamer Road Bus
Sheffield Dore & Totley station, Halfway tram terminus, Malin Bridge tram terminus, Meadowhall Interchange, Middlewood tram terminus, Nunnery Square tram stop, Valley Centertainment tram stop Bus, Tram & Rail
Shrewsbury Harlescourt, Meole Brace, Oxon Bus
Southport Kew/Blowick, Esplanade, Fairways Bus
Stirling Castleview, Springkerse Bus
Stratford-upon-Avon Maybird, Parkway Bus
Swansea Fabian Way Bus
Swindon Wroughton Bus
Taunton Silk Mills, Taunton Gateway (Ruishton) 2015 Bus
Truro Langarth (Threemilestone) Bus
Truro Tregurra Park 2016 Bus
Weymouth Mount Pleasant Bus
Winchester St Catherines, South Winchester Bus
Windsor Centrica, Home Park, Legoland Bus
Wolverhampton Corser, Plascorn Road, Priestfield, Science Park, Tettenhall Bus, Metro
Worcester Perdiswell, Sixways (both now closed) Bus
York Askam Bar, Designer Outlet, Grimston, Monks Cross, Poppleton Bar, Rawcliffe Bus

Republic of Ireland

City or Town Sites First Implemented Onward Transport
Cork Black Ash 1997 Bus
Dublin Balally, Carrickmines, Cheeverstown, Red Cow, Sandyford, Stillorgan, Tallaght Tram

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