Christmas cheer for businesses and visitors

Press Release: 21/11/2014

Christmas cheer for businesses and visitors

Winchester businesses and visitors are getting an early Christmas present from the City Council.

The Council’s Bar End site is being turned into a temporary coach park for the festive period.

While the city’s renowned Christmas market is open (until 21 December), the former depot will provide parking for up to 28 coaches at a time. More than 160 coaches are already booked in, with the number expected to rise near to 200 by Christmas.

The huge popularity of Winchester’s Christmas market means that the city can be a victim of its own success, with coach parties arriving from far and wide to enjoy the seasonal celebrations.

By increasing the capacity for coach-parking out of the city centre, the Council aims to help businesses make the most of the yuletide boom while providing a safe and pleasant experience for visitors to the city.

Cllr Robert Humby, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “Winchester at Christmas is a phenomenal success story.

We want to welcome visitors to our city because they provide a big boost to the local economy.

By making its former depot site available for temporary coach-parking, the City Council is doing its bit to help the festivities run smoothly.