Park and ride plea to John Lewis shoppers
People are being encouraged to use park and ride services when travelling to the new John Lewis department store in Exeter.
The store in Sidwell Street, opens its doors to the public on Friday, October 12, and is expected to be busy.
Shoppers are expected to travel from as far as Cornwall and Somerset, and Exeter City Council is keen to ensure that traffic flows smoothly during the early days of trading.
Park and ride buses stop within 100 metres of the store, with local buses stopping close by. Exeter Central Station is also a five minute walk away.
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Shoppers who want to bring their car into Exeter can park at the nearby John Lewis Car Park or one of the the other city centre car parks. The new John Lewis Car Park, formerly King William Street Car Park, is expected to be busy and there will be staff on hand to direct motorists elsewhere if it is full.
The car park, which is run by Exeter City Council, has recently undergone a £900,000 refurbishment, including a name change, complete internal re-paint, new anti-slip surface, extensive CCTV and pay on foot facilities.
Motorists can now pay for their parking when they are ready to leave the car park, using new technology which is on offer at other car parks in the city. The new system gives people much more freedom and flexibility, meaning that they can return to their car when they want to rather than when the ticket expired, as was the case with the old system.
Councillor Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Sustainable Development and Transport, said: "We know from experience that people travel a long way to shop at the John Lewis store at Cribb's Causeway, Bristol. We know that Exeter's John Lewis will be popular with shoppers from across Devon but we also expect people to travel from as far away as Somerset and Cornwall to experience the new store.
"To ensure that the opening few days goes smoothly, we are encouraging people to use the excellent park and ride facilities on the edge of the city. For those who choose to drive in, there are a number of convenient parking options in addition to the John Lewis multi-storey car park, which are just a short walk away from the store. Details of these are available on the website at www.exeter.gov.uk/johnlewis and it may be sensible for motorists to familiarise themselves with these, in case they are not able to park in their first choice car park."
From October 12, the new John Lewis store will be open from 9am until 7pm, Monday to Saturday, apart from Thursdays when it will stay open until 8pm. On Sundays it will be open from 11am to 5pm.
For details of Park and Ride services, car parks and public transport, visit www.exeter.gov.uk/johnlewis