Regional transport body Strathclyde Public Transport (SPT) has invested more than £1 million in South Ayrshire over the past five years, a new report has revealed.
The report, ‘SPT: Delivering for South Ayrshire’, shows almost £1 million of capital funding was awarded to support a range of sustainable transport projects in the area between 2017 and 2021.
And £300,000 of additional money was also awarded to South Ayrshire Council in 2021/22 to support their delivery.
Active travel projects have received the bulk of the investment since 2017.
That includes funding of the Ayr to Colton, and the Alloway to Burton, cycle route, as well as the active travel corridor connecting the community of Loans with Troon railway station.
Around £350,000 has also been invested in improvements to bus infrastructure throughout the area, including better bus shelters, raised kerbs at bus stops, and real-time passenger information displays.
A similar figure has been committed to community transport initiatives, supporting community groups, the elderly and those on low incomes.
SPT helps take 2,000 children to and from school each day and, since 2019, has scheduled 25,000 trips on MyBus services.
South Ayrshire is one of is one of 12 council areas to benefit from funding provided by SPT, which also covers East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and the Helensburgh and Lomond area of Argyll and Bute.
The transport body pointed out that the cross-council boundary nature of transport and travel means investment in one area will benefit all residents who travel for work or leisure.
Across the west of Scotland, SPT has supported 6.1 million bus station departures across Buchanan, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Greenock, Braehead and Silverburn in recent years.
It has sold 515,000 ZoneCard tickets since 2017/18 across the Subway and participating rail and bus operators, and 43.7 million Subway journeys have been taken since 2017.
It has supported 200 bus services run by around 20 operators on behalf of SPT, and has 33 MyBus services operating in the west of Scotland.
SPT has also invested in several regional projects in recent years, including the Subway Modernisation Project, its ongoing bus stop and shelter upgrade programme and its Real Time Passenger Information roll out.
Valerie Davidson, chief executive of SPT, said:
“We continue to deliver a range of services in South Ayrshire and across the region either directly or on behalf of councils.
“As this report shows, we have invested more than £1 million over the last five years in sustainable transport projects in the area.
“SPT’s activities support the west of Scotland’s regional transport network to the benefit of all residents who travel across the area.
“While the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in significant impacts on our operational activities due to reduced travel demand, the majority of services were maintained to ensure transport remained in place for key workers and those making essential trips.”