South Winchester Park and Ride shortlisted for award

South Winchester Park and Ride has been shortlisted for the Environmental award at the British Parking Awards 2011. 

Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council are celebrating the joint project’s achievement and will be hoping for success in March.

The award recognises the increasing number of environmentally aware parking operations; including those that make parking operations more sustainable (energy saving and energy efficiency technologies, recycling, alternative fuel vehicles, etc) and ways in which parking operations can influence and transform behaviour, such as park & ride.

Cllr Mel Kendal, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “We have taken great care to protect the environment and make the new Park and Ride facilities as sustainable as possible.

“All the trees and shrubs were home-grown in Hampshire and local wildlife was a priority throughout the project. This included providing a dormouse rope bridge, as well as a tunnel and hibernation places for reptiles such as common lizards. There are also boxes for birds and bats in the beech tree avenue and the tree root system has protective matting to avoid damage.

“The Park and Ride provides excellent facilities and a fast, convenient way for commuters and visitors to get into the city centre, while at the same time cutting congestion and improving air quality.”

Cllr Eleanor Bell, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for High Quality Environment, said,”We are very proud of our excellent Park and Ride network in Winchester. We are seeing increasing numbers of visitors and workers recognising the convenience of the service and changing their behaviour to park a little further out of town.  Major employers too have joined incentive schemes to ensure their workers park out of town, which makes Winchester a healthier place to live and work.”

The winners of the tenth anniversary competition will be announced by leading comedian Hugh Dennis at the British Parking Awards lunch on Friday 11 March.