Euro­pean cash to boost green trans­port plans

Dundee and Perth given share of £3m to en­cour­age low car­bon travel

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Mark mackay mmackay@the­courier.co.uk

Dundee and Perth have been awarded a share of £3.25 mil­lion of Euro­pean fund­ing to de­velop hubs that will en­cour­age peo­ple to walk and cy­cle and use low car­bon trans­port.

The Euro­pean Re­gional Devel­op­ment Fund fi­nance will sup­port the devel­op­ment of five hubs, with oth­ers to be cre­ated in Falkirk, Aberdeen and Irvine.

Trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf an­nounced a £798,880 fund­ing pack­age for the Dundee Travel Hub project.

A fur­ther £784,187 pack­age for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil will en­able it to de­liver its Brox­den Low Car­bon Trans­port Hub plan.

The Perth scheme will cre­ate an in­no­va­tive low car­bon trans­port hub at at the Brox­den Park and Ride site, on the out­skirts of the city.

It aims to broaden the range of re­fu­elling fa­cil­i­ties and trans­port modes avail­able and to pro­vide sus­tain­able travel op­tions.

The project in­volves the in­tro­duc­tion of a hy­dro­gen re­fu­elling sta­tion and the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle charge points.

It will also in­tro­duce an ul­tra-rapid (150kW) elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV) charge point and up­grade the elec­tric­ity sub­sta­tion for ul­tra-rapid charg­ing.

A so­lar PV canopy in­te­grated with a bat­tery stor­age sys­tem to hold on-site gen­er­ated en­ergy will be de­vel­oped to sup­port the EV charg­ing sta­tions.

To en­cour­age ac­tive travel in and around the city, the hub also will fea­ture new se­cure bike stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and a public in­for­ma­tion kiosk pro­vid­ing de­tails of public trans­port op­tions.

En­vi­ron­ment, en­ter­prise and in­fra­struc­ture con­vener Coun­cil­lor Colin Ste­wart said: “Perth and Kin­ross is de­vel­op­ing a pos­i­tive rep­u­ta­tion as an area that em­braces low car­bon travel op­tions, with a range of public car parks across the area fea­tur­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing points.

“The Low Car­bon Trans­port Hub at Brox­den Park and Ride will help to sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance what is on of­fer.

“It will make it eas­ier for com­muters to choose low car­bon travel op­tions and al­low easy ac­cess to a range of ac­tive travel op­tions whether vis­i­tors are trav­el­ling into the city, or look­ing for a base to ex­plore the sur­round­ing coun­try­side by bi­cy­cle.”

Dundee coun­cil’s city devel­op­ment con­vener Lynne Short said she was “de­lighted” to see fund­ing for Dundee.

“We are keen to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble get on their bikes in Dundee and whether that is the tra­di­tional push bike or a more 21st Cen­tury elec­tric ver­sion, soon there will be no ex­cuse not to use a low car­bon way of see­ing and get­ting around the city.”

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