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Christmas parking scheme

This December, we’re making it easier for you to reach Swale’s high streets.

Building on feedback from last year’s trial, our 2017 scheme is tailored to each town centre, helping more people get to the shops – so you can get your Christmas shopping sorted.

Read on for details of what we’re offering in each town centre.


Free parking in council-run car parks after 1pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays (2-24 December). Just pop a parking voucher on your dashboard and hit the shops!

This offer applies to the following car parks in Sittingbourne:


Free park and ride service between the Abbey School on the London Road (A2) and Faversham town centre, operating every Saturday in December before Christmas (2- 23 December). Buses will run every 15 minutes from 9.00am to 5.30pm.

We’re also offering free parking in council-run car parks (with a parking voucher) after 1pm on Sundays in December (3-24 December).

This offer applies to the following car parks in Faversham:

Isle of Sheppey

Free hop-on, hop-off bus service, running every Saturday in December before Christmas. The bus will bring passengers from around the Island to the shops of Sheerness High Street and Neats Court.

The service starts in Eastchurch and will run via Minster, Halfway, Sheerness High Street, Queenborough, Rushenden and Neats Court, returning along the same route. All bus stops will be clearly signposted.

Diagram of hop-on, hop-off Christmas bus service

Buses will run every 20 minutes from 9.00am to 5.40pm, with the timings as follows:

High Street, Eastchurch 09:00

Then every

20 minutes


Minster Road 09:10 17:50
Halfway Road 09:12 17:52
Sheerness High Street  09:18 17:58
Rushenden Road 09:30 18:10
Cullet Drive 09:32 18:12
Neats Court Retail Park 09:37 18:17
Cullet Drive 09:39 18:19
Rushenden Road 09:41 18:21
Sheerness High Street  09:55 18:35
Halfway Road 10:01 18:41
Minster Road 10:03 18:43
High Street, Eastchurch 10:13 18:53

A shuttle bus service – also free – will run from Leysdown to Eastchurch and Minster, connecting shoppers in the east of the Island to the hop-on, hop-off service.

Diagram of Christmas shuttle bus service

The Leysdown shuttle will run every 28 minutes from 9.30am until the last bus departs Leysdown at 5.54pm, returning at 6.22pm.

Finally, we’re also offering free parking (with a parking voucher) in Sheerness’ council-run car parks after 1pm on Sundays in December (3-24 December).

This offer applies to the following car parks in Sheerness:

Parking vouchers

You can download parking vouchers here. There’s no limit to how many times you can use each voucher, or to how many copies you can make.

However, please bear in mind that outside the times listed above and on the vouchers, normal parking regulations apply. You will incur a penalty notice if you attempt to use a voucher outside of these times.

You must also ensure that your voucher is clearly displayed in your front windscreen. Again, if you fail to do this you will incur a penalty notice.

Parking vouchers will also be posted through your door, with more available in the winter issue of Inside Swale, at council offices and in local shops.

If you have any questions about any element of the parking scheme, please contact the Parking Operations team by emailing



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