Free parking will be on offer at Medway’s public car parks in the busy run up to Christmas.

Medway Council is once again providing free parking to encourage shoppers to head to their local high street for gifts and Christmas essentials, and to help local businesses.

Free parking will be from 10am until 7am the following day on Monday, 19 December, Tuesday, 20 December, Wednesday, 21 December and Thursday, 22 December.

Shoppers can also use the free park-and-ride service, which runs every Saturday throughout the year from Horsted to Rochester and Chatham. The car park at Horsted is opposite the former site of MidKent College (on the left if you are coming from the direction of the M2 or on the right if heading from Rochester or Chatham).

The first bus leaves at 8.36am, and stops in Rochester High Street near Star Hill, and then at the Waterfront Bus Station, Chatham. Buses leave Horsted every 12 to 15 minutes throughout the day, and the last bus returns from Chatham at 5.40pm.

Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services said: “Medway offers a great range of unique independent shops as well as popular high street stores. We hope the free parking days, and the park and ride, will help people to enjoy what’s on offer here without having to travel out of town and run up extra fuel bills.

“December is also the busiest time of the year for retailers, so we hope these incentives will give them a boost by encouraging shoppers to stay in Medway and shop locally this Christmas”.

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