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Penultimate Christmas shopping weekend promises to be busy in Aberdeen
There are only two shopping weekends left until Christmas and the city centre is continuing to attract thousands of shoppers as the big day looms.
With Santa's annual visit creeping steadily closer, Aberdeen City Council would like to remind the public of their travel options when heading into the city centre, including extra Park and Ride services running into the city, rail travel, cycling and car sharing.
The busiest shopping time at the weekend is from late morning to early afternoon. Spreading your day over this period, or doing your shopping outwith this time can help reduce and avoid traffic build-up and delays.
Sunday Park and Ride services will run every Sunday until Christmas from: Kingswells Park and Ride to Union Street, via Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; and Bridge of Don Park and Ride to Union Street, via King Street. Fares cost £3.50 peak and £3 off-peak return. Up to two children under 16 travel free when accompanied by an adult.
The Woodhill House Park and Ride will be in operation on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas for those travelling on the number 23 and 40 buses. The fare is £3 return.
The Ellon Park and Ride, which costs £5 for a day return, runs to Union Square via Bridge of Don and King Street.
Nestrans, through its Getabout brand, has launched a festive interactive travel guide which provides details about bus and rail services across the city and shire. The guide, which also provides information about routes, timetables and special festive services, is available on the Getabout website at www.get-about.com
Variable message signs are being used to advise motorists of road conditions in the city and encourage them to use the Park and Ride services. The inner circle of variable message signs will also be used to alert drivers when car parks are reaching capacity.
There are more than 5,000 parking spaces throughout the city centre, all within easy walking distance of the main shopping precinct. Drivers can use the PayByPhone cashless parking system, which allows you to extend your parking time without returning to your vehicles, in council-run car parks.
City centre car parks include: Chapel Street, 500 spaces; Denburn, 326 spaces; Frederick Street, 185 spaces; Marischal College, 100 spaces and open to the public on Thursday evenings, all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoons, Gallowgate 160 spaces; Golden Square 32 spaces; Summer Street 23 spaces; Trinity Centre, 395 spaces; Shiprow, 365 spaces; Bon Accord Centre - Harriet Street, 370 spaces; Bon Accord Centre - Loch Street, 950 spaces; College Street, 656 spaces; and Union Square, 1,210 spaces.
Motorists are advised to avoid the Market Street/Virginia Street corridor if possible and those who do not need to travel into the city centre are advised to use alternative routes to cross the city.
Drivers are reminded to heed the rules of the road and that they should not stop or park in box junctions or on double yellow lines to avoid causing extra congestion and delays.
Further information about public transport services is available online at www.travelinescotland.com