Every year, in the run
up to Christmas, city centre streets get very busy as people come into
town to shop. This year the City Centre Forum is looking for 'Meeters
and Greeters' to station at Town Bridge and Crescent Bridge on
Saturdays in December. Linked by radio to all major city centre car
parks, the 'Meeters and Greeters' will be able to advise shoppers on
where there are available car parking spaces; saving people's time and
keeping traffic congestion down.
The Forum - which
co-ordinates the interests of the city council, local businesses and
other organisations - aims to attract more visitors to Peterborough
city centre by improving access to the range of leisure and shopping
activities which are available.
Sue Bolter, the City
Centre Manager said: "There are over 13,000 car parking spaces in
the City Centre, but some are more popular than others. At busy times,
such as Saturdays in the run up to Christmas, clever shoppers are
those prepared to walk just a few yards further. It would be a great
help if people planned their journey to town and parked at some of the
more outlying car parks such as Pleasure Meadow near Town Bridge (580
spaces) or Wellington Street off Boongate (197 spaces). We are going
to help people find a space quickly!"
The Forum is
approaching local charitable organisations to see if they want their
volunteers to act as 'Meeters and Greeters'. Bob Hogg, the Chairman of
the Forum, said: "Local charities often help out at large scale
events and have already gained a lot of practical experience of
directing traffic and advising drivers. The Forum will make a donation
to the 'good cause' that will be the equivalent to an hourly wage
The other Christmas
traffic initiatives planned for the City Centre include a Saturday
Park and Ride service from the East of England Showground and from
Perkins' car park. Regular radio up-dates of available parking places,
a reminder to people that over 80 bus services run into the City
Centre and so do train services on WAGN, GNER and Central trains.
There are lots of ways to get to the shops!