Award Success for Winchester’s newest Park and Ride

South Winchester Park and Ride has won the Environmental award at the British Parking Awards 2011, at a ceremony in London on Friday 11 March.

Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council are celebrating the joint project's achievement and the recognition for meeting such high environmental standards.

The award recognises environmentally aware parking operations; including those that make parking operations more sustainable - including energy saving and energy efficiency technologies, recycling, alternative fuel vehicles, etc - and ways in which parking operations can influence and transform behaviour.

Cllr Eleanor Bell, Winchester City Council Portfolio Holder for High Quality Environment said, “We are delighted the high sustainability standards achieved by South Winchester Park & Ride have been recognised by this prestigious national award.  The new Park & Ride buses are to the latest Euro5 standard, energy efficient lighting has been installed and biodiversity on the large site has been protected by wildlife corridors and extensive planting.”

Cllr Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “It is very good news that the care we have taken in making the new South Winchester Park and Ride as sustainable as possible has been recognised.  Locally grown trees and shrubs were used in the landscaping and protecting local wildlife was always a priority throughout the project.  The Park and Ride provides reliable and convenient travel from the motorway junction to the city centre, reducing congestion and improving air quality in Winchester.”

The new park and ride services began running in April 2010 and have proved popular, with usage increasing monthly. The associated traffic management measures along Romsey Road have helped the new bus services keep to the timetable and helped make it more attractive to users.

The new services serve the hospital and University, and have also been very popular with visitors and in particular at busy Christmas periods and for specific events.

South Winchester Park & Ride also achieved the ACPO Association of Chief Police Officer’s ParkMark safer parking standard shortly after it opened in April 2010, joining 18 other WCC car parks recognised for their customer safety approach.