Park And Rides

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  1. muddywellies

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    I think these are a great idea for folks like us. The first one I used was outside Durham, relaxed parking, a 15 minute wait for a pleasant, hassle-free bus journey in to the city centre. Great! Then I tried (being the operative word) to do it in a few other cities this weekend. Arrived at the entrance and a 6ft height bar across the entrance brought me to a sudden halt. No warning until then. The buses used a different, specific entrance...... Didn't visit that city. Or the next one. But had a wonderful afternoon at Bakewell
     
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    We have one at our local train station. Its very handy for popping into Glasgow. 20mins on the train and right into city centre, no parking hassle or fines.

    Anyone travelling via M73 looking for an overnight stop and wanting to visit Glasgow its an ideal place to park up, its in a very quiet investment park. Local pub 5 min walk.
     
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    The P+Rs are probably run by the city councils, so may be worth sending them (addressed to the mayor) a letter pointing out how much business they are loosing by stopping the motorhome community using their service.
     
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    Ones in Exeter are the same. Locked at 7.30pm until 6am & overnight parking is specifically banned.
     
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    Truro P&R to the W of the city has a dedicated mh area, and the 2nd one currently being built to the E will also have one. Even in the car we use the P&R as a matter of course, it's easier & cheaper than driving in and trying to park. (It stops at the college, the hospital, county hall, the railway station, the museum and the city centre.)
    Most P&R's will tell you on their website whether or not there's a height barrier (or give a phone number so you can check), and some will tell you how you can still use the P&R - eg one where we had to "find the man in the little brick hut and he'll tell you where to park" - which turned out to be on the raised pavement where the bus shelters were, so we had to be extremely careful of wandering pedestrians!
    @GJH 's resource is also very helpful if you have the luxury of planning in advance.
    http://www.motorhomeparking.co.uk/
     
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    We used the Park and Ride beside Kelvin Bridge station in Glasgow as we were to meet friends in the city centre, went to get on the metro and they don't allow dogs on it (what's that all about ?) Checked which bus we needed to catch, only to find it didn't run on a Saturday. Ended up with our pals coming to meet us instead. The P&R is a nice site, next to the river and parkland though.
     
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    Have to disagree with you there I'm afraid. We were planning a visit to Exeter on our recent trip and I contacted Exeter City Council about overnight parking at Matford park and ride. Initially they said no overnight parking but when I queried this, as I had heard otherwise, I got an email confirming overnight parking is allowed in the overheight bays at this car park.

    In the end we didn't stay there as the bays, looking on streetview, look far too short for our van.

    Paul
     
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    Hello!
    My wife and I visited Bridgnorth, Shropshire a couple of weeks ago. There is an excellent "Park & Ride" system there. Plenty of space, no height barriers, free bus into the town and friendly guys to give you an indication where to park and a bus timetable. The bus does a round trip to and from the town about every 20 minutes.
     
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    They are great until you have eleventeen pints of lager and forget you have parked up and need to drive home :(
     
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    Hello Moran and :welc:
     
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    Hi and welcome @Moran :welc:

    The Park and ride at Sealand Road Chester has dedicated parking for Motorhomes immediately you turn into the car park.
     
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    Hello @Moran upload_2015-5-31_13-38-47.png

    Check out the Far South-West Group - we'd love to have you join!
     
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    Thanks to all the welcome messages. We are very new to the forum world and in fact, I'm not at all computer literate! Consequently, all the replies will be typed by wife!
     
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    Hen pecked eh ? ;)

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    Canterbury P&R is brilliant. Cost £3 including use of the bus as often as you like for up to 6 people. Has fresh water and toilet & waste water dump included as well. It is immediately after the barrier where you get the ticket.

    Pay station is in the car park near where the buses stop. There's also a pub a short walk away.

    Denise
     
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    Regarding the new Truro East site, I e-mailed Cornwall Council on 10th March because I wanted to be able to be able to advise those attending the Funsters meet at Carnon Downs in September.
    Their reply, from Lee Quinney, who is the Councils Contracts Officer, stated that there would be no designated parking spaces for motorhomes at the new site. As only 4 spaces are set aside for motorhomes at the existing Truro West site, and these are always occupied by cars, there seems little point in providing spaces at the East side.
    Stef.
     
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    Agree with this one
     
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    Cant comment for that but our local one is very close to the M73 and M 8. Only building in the investment park is the MI 5 equivalent. Nice and quiet and trains don't run through the night. £3.80 return to city
    @Jim Please can you take off the spell check feature for the word mate
     
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    Gosh I didn't know they'd changed that, it's true there's rarely any mh in the designated part, mostly I've seen shorter vans parked up with the cars. They're just now adding electric car charging points to the West P&R.
     
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    Just used the Truro West P&R this morning (and last Thursday and Friday...)
    No "motorhomes this way" signage on either entry as far as I can see.
    This morning there were 4 PVC's in the mh area, and I could see 8 others around the site. When I got back from town 2 coachbuilts in the mh area as well.
    I shall contact Mr Quinney re his previous statement & the plans for the Truro East P&R.
     
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