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Preston park and ride is a park and ride scheme in the city of Prestonmarker in Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker, operated by Stagecoach in Preston (formerly Preston Bus).


The park and ride system is split into two high frequency routes and parking place served by the Orbit routes.

Route Destinations Times of operation Main frequency
Route 1 Portway - Fishergate Shopping Centre - St.George's Shopping Centre & return 7am - 7pm 7-8 mins
Route 2 Capitol Centremarker - London Rd/Queen St - Jacson St & Return 7am - 7pm 6-8 mins
88A/C Bluebell Way - Anywhere on the Orbit service. Orbit fares apply. Orbit timetables apply. No special service. 7am - 9pm (but service is 5:30am - 11pm) 15 mins


The park and ride services are run using Optare Solo SR buses. The network livery consists of a dark pink body, with a dark blue base and a light blue 'swish' at the back. Preston Bus was the first operator of Optare Solo SR buses, as eight were acquired for the Park & Ride routes, five of which entered service in May 2008. The new buses are in a different livery, blue with a white 'swish' at the back separated by magenta strips. They have leather seats and when you enter the bus there is a display of pictures of Preston's best.On the Orbit, Stagecoach in Preston standard Solos are used.

The buses used range in length, with the new buses being slightly longer. The buses are small enough to manoeuvre round the tight curves and bends in the street layout of Prestonmarker, while at the same time having space for many sitting and standing passengers, and one disabled or pushchair space. On some peak hours, standard Stagecoach in Preston Optare Solos are used to reinforce the service, in order to provide extra capacity.


The two car parks at Portway, (in the Riversway Docklandsmarker area) and the one at Walton-le-Dalemarker, are all free, with users paying for the bus journey. A number of fare options are available.

  • Day return: Before 09:30 Mon - Fri £2.50, other times £1.20
  • Child return: 60p
  • Family ticket: Before 09:30 Mon - Fri £5, other times £3
  • Saverstrip: £10.50

The Saverstrip ticket offers ten journeys for the price of nine, and is available only from the on-site kiosk.


To cater for tourists and shoppers visiting Preston, the service stops at many attractions and precincts, including:

Ticket offers and deals are also available for people if they travel on the service, valid in shops and restaurants.


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