TWO new park and ride facilities have been officially opened in Motherwell by North Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
A total of 186 parking spaces have been created for users of the town’s main railway station, with 126 in Farm Street and a further 60 at St Vincent Place.
The two facilities were funded by SPT at a cost of £750,000, with the council providing the land, carrying out the design and project management and being responsible for the maintenance going forward.
Councillor James Coyle, convener of the planning and transportation committee, said: “There is a real demand for car parking spaces within easy reach of Motherwell station. This will free up the town centre car parking, making it easier for shoppers to find a space during the day.”
SPT vice-chairman David Fagan added: “Better transport connections in the area will no doubt make it easier to commute to and from Motherwell and that opens up more opportunities to access further education, employment and health care.
Partnership between the council and SPT has also delivered a park and ride facility in Bellshill and an access ramp for disabled passengers at Holytown station.