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£1.2m Port Glasgow Park and Ride open

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A new £1.2 million Park and Ride in Port Glasgow, funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), will “act as a model for further urban regeneration projects”, Vice Chair Denis McKenna said today.

Councillor McKenna was joined at the official opening of the facility by Inverclyde Council leader Stephen McCabe, Environment and Regeneration Convener Michael McCormick and local councillor and SPT member David Wilson.

By showing how easy access to town centres can encourage economic growth, SPT can support communities across Inverclyde and the whole of Strathclyde.

Denis McKenna, SPT Vice Chair

Councillor McKenna said:
“This Park and Ride facility not only represents SPT’s commitment to improving public transport facilities for communities and commuters alike, it will also act as a model for further urban regeneration projects. By showing how easy access to town centres can encourage economic growth, SPT can support communities across Inverclyde and the whole of Strathclyde.”

Inverclyde Councillor and SPT member David Wilson added:

“This is a significant investment by SPT, and will help in the regeneration of the wider Inverclyde area. As well as enhancing transport for commuters, the improved access to the centre of Port Glasgow will encourage more visitors to explore the area and visit local shops and businesses.

“It’s these types of integrated infrastructure projects that are vital to rejuvenating not just Inverclyde by the Strathclyde area as a whole, and I look forward to SPT working with other councils on similar projects in the future.”

The project was managed by Inverclyde Council’s Environmental and Commercial Services Roads staff following the demolition of the former Highholm Primary School.

A total of 150 free parking spaces – including 8 disabled spaces – have been created along with a new entrance from Highholm Avenue, lighting and CCTV monitoring. The pedestrian route from the Park and Ride to the entrance of Port Glasgow Railway station has also been improved.

Council Leader Councillor Stephen McCabe added:

“With the improvements to Port Glasgow’s bus station also completed, the town now has public transport facilities to be proud of. As a Council we are committed to investing over £3 million to improve and transform Port Glasgow town centre and these new facilities complement our ambitious plans.”