Southampton Football Club, working with University Hospital Southampton, Southampton City Council and their highways service partner Balfour Beatty Living Places, is launching a trial of a new Park and Ride scheme on Saturday 11 February for the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at 3pm
The scheme is an important step in helping to ease congestion in the city on matchdays and will help to reduce the environmental impact of matchday travel, which currently generates a significant amount of carbon emissions through fan’s travel to the stadium.
The new service will operate from the UHS Adanac Park and Ride site in Nursling and buses will drop off and pickup fans from South Front in the City Centre, a short walk from the stadium.
The trial will run until the last game of the current football season, which is scheduled to take place on 28 May and will help Southampton FC and the council to closely monitor the operation of the scheme, the levels of demand for the service and to provide the opportunity to address any issues that arise.
Toby Steele, Managing Director for Southampton Football Club, said:
“As a club, we fully understand the environmental impacts a matchday can have on our city. By offering this scheme we hope that our fans can play a small part in reducing our carbon footprint. We are also constantly looking at different ways we can improve the matchday experience for fans. We know that matchdays can cause a significant amount of congestion in the city, so we hope this is well-received by our fans who are looking for easy and convenient parking.”
Councillor Eamonn Keogh, Cabinet Member for Transport said:
“We have been liaising closely with Southampton FC on developing the Park and Ride scheme as part of our commitment to easing traffic congestion on our roads by providing more sustainable travel options for residents and visitors to the city.
“We will be carefully following the operation of the scheme which, if successful, could make an important contribution to helping reduce the impact of matchday traffic on the city centre, both in terms of road capacity and air quality, and would improve conditions for everyone.”
More details about the Park and Ride service, including how to purchase tickets can be found on at Southampton FC.