A new £580,000 park and ride facility, funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, has today been officially opened in Shotts.
The 126-space facility, which can be accessed from Foundry Road, has a new direct pedestrian link to the railway platform.
Funding was provided by SPT, while North Lanarkshire Council is providing the land and carrying out the design and project management. The car park will also be maintained by the council.
This park and ride will provide a real benefit for commuters, especially with the recent introduction of express services through the station”
Councillor James Coyle
SPT Vice Chair David Fagan said:
“Not only can sites such as this 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 SPT has provided this funding.
“Working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, we know that providing car parking spaces in the right place can positively change travel behaviour and encourage public transport use – and that’s something SPT is keen to continue to deliver.”
Councillor James Coyle, convener of the council’s Planning and Transportation Committee, added:
“This park and ride will provide a real benefit for commuters, especially with the recent introduction of express services through the station
“As a result, there has been an increased demand for parking in and around Shotts station, so this facility will relieve congestion in the area, particularly at peak times.
“By working with SPT we are delivering a programme of improvements to our rail network across North Lanarkshire, including two other park and rides in Motherwell, making it easier for residents to use public transport.”