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Work to start on £1.3 million SPT funded park and rides

The development of two SPT funded Park and Ride facilities in North Lanarkshire will get under way later this month.

SPT’s Strategy & Programmes Committee committed over £1.3 million to the major transport project in January and North Lanarkshire Council is now set to carry out the development.

Motherwell station will get one new car park at St Vincent Place accommodating 62 vehicles while another will be built in Elm Street holding 126 spaces.

It’s a proven fact that providing car parking spaces in the right place can positively change travel behaviour and encourage public transport use – something we at SPT work hard to do.”

Gordon McLennan, SPT Chief Executive

A 127-space facility will also be constructed at Foundry Road in Shotts.

SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: “SPT has blazed a trail for the development of park and ride sites with our partner councils across Strathclyde.

“It’s a proven fact that providing car parking spaces in the right place can positively change travel behaviour and encourage public transport use – something we at SPT work hard to do.

“Not only can sites such as these ease the daily commute, they also go a long way towards reducing congestion and carbon emissions in the local area which is why I’m delighted we are providing this funding and working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council to deliver projects as important as these.”

The Park and Rides in Motherwell and Shotts are the latest to be built in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council after similar projects at Gartcosh, Croy, Bellshill and Greenfaulds.

North Lanarkshire Council’s Head of Roads and Transportation Graham MacKay said: “Our rail network and its stations are of great importance to local people and the local economy, as they provide valuable access to employment and education opportunities.

“The Shotts car park will cater for the increased parking demand as a result of the introduction of express services.

“In Motherwell, commuters are parking in the town centre car parks and the introduction of two new park and ride car parks should free up badly needed spaces for shoppers which, we hope, will help increase footfall and improve the local economy in the town centre.”