18 July 2024

Think about where you park this Christmas

With a busy Christmas shopping period anticipated in the city, Wiltshire Council is encouraging people visiting Salisbury to use all available car parks and the Park and Ride services.

With construction works currently taking place for the Salisbury River Park project, and along Fisherton Street as part of the Future High Streets Fund scheme, the Central Car Park has a reduced number of spaces available but there are alternative, easily accessible, long and short stay car parks in Salisbury city centre, details of which can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-salisbury

Culver Street Car Park is having the top floors reopened in time for the Christmas period as well as a deep clean of the stair wells, giving good access to the City Centre.

There are also five conveniently located Park and Ride sites on the main routes into the city, providing a regular and convenient bus service.

Cllr Caroline Thomas, Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Our Business Plan seeks to have vibrant, well-connected communities. Salisbury is a traditional cathedral city, which has recently benefited from the opening of businesses such as Bradbeers and Primark, as well as its many independent stores such as those found on Fisherton Street. With various festive activities on offer, we are expecting a busy Christmas period, with many visitors and residents looking to come into the city centre.

“Improvement works of the scale currently being undertaken in Salisbury unfortunately cause some temporary disruption and inconvenience to residents and tourists alike, for which we apologise, but anticipate the benefits will be significant and long lasting.

“The construction works and the increased number of visitors means that spaces in the Central car park are filling early in the day, and we would encourage drivers to plan their journeys and to take advantage of all the available car parks or use the park and ride sites instead.

“Culver Street car park, for example, has recently benefitted from additional investment to improve its users’ experience and is conveniently located with direct access from the A36, which means drivers can avoid the city centre traffic. With the expected increase in demand for car parking spaces over the Christmas period, the top floor of the car park has also been reopened and is now available for use.

“All Park and Ride sites are open Monday to Saturday, parking is available for free with a small charge to travel on the bus service to and from the city. These sites provide an ideal alternative when travelling into the city centre.”

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Andy Munns
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Written by Andy Munns