Easy parking for Bournemouth Christmas shopping

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PayByPhone offers festive parking tips for Bournemouth shoppers

PayByPhone, the mobile parking payments provider, has given us some tips to make parking easier and less stressful this Christmas.

Richard Pincroft, Head of Transportation at BCP Council, said: “Teaming up with PayByPhone will help Christmas shoppers and those attending Christmas events to park and to pay easily and quickly. Each parking session can be started and extended in a matter of seconds, which means that drivers don’t need to carry cash or to rush back to their cars to feed a meter.

“It’s nice to know that people can tackle their Christmas shopping or enjoy a relaxing visit to the Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail without having to dash back and forth to their cars.”

With three million people expected to visit Bournemouth town during the Christmas period, here are some valuable tips from BCP Council and PayByPhone.

  • Winter Gardens is Bournemouth’s busiest parking location, particularly between the hours of 11am and 1pm. Arriving in town w or waiting until later in the day will increase chances of finding the perfect parking spot.Ψ ok
  • Also close to the town centre, but perhaps less known, is the Berry Court car park on St Peter’s Road, which tends to have more availability during the busy times of day.
  • Free parking in selected Council-operated car parks will be offered all day Sunday and Thursdays after 4pm, until 23 December.
  • Set out with time to spare in case unforeseen road closures or traffic jams occur.
  • Need to stay longer? The PayByPhone app allows drivers to extend their parking sessions from anywhere. Drivers who paid with a ticket can also start a new session with PayByPhone when their parking time expires. Just remember to make a note of the location number.
  • Lastly, never leave pets or children unattended in the car.

PayByPhone is supporting BCP Council’s Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail for the second year running by sponsoring the Bethlehem Tree. Visitors can enter a special competition to win a stay in a Bournemouth beach lodge. To enter, people should look out for PayByPhone’s signage around the Bethlehem Tree. By creating a free parking session at a special Christmas Tree Wonderland location, they will be entered into the draw to win.

What’s more, by choosing to park with PayByPhone, drivers will also help to support PayByPhone’s Green Christmas campaign, in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, to help the NGO preserve the world’s rapidly disappearing forests.

PayByPhone will plant one tree through Eden Reforestation Projects for every 100 mobile parking payment transactions it processes in December 2019, with a target of 30,000 trees. The trees will be planted in mangrove projects in Madagascar as part of a programme that not only supports reforestation but also provides essentials to villagers such as medicines and food.

Anthony Cashel, Marketing Manager for PayByPhone UK, says, “Cashless parking is very popular with drivers in Bournemouth. This Christmas, drivers can park easily and quickly by choosing to pay for their parking via the PayByPhone app and when they do, they are also helping the environment, which really is the ultimate spirit of Christmas.”

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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