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Harbour interchange funds
Cash for a new Ardrossan harbour interchange has been allocated in the new capital programme for this year, announced by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
The interchange will include a new station at Ardrossan harbour, which will be nearer the new ferry terminal.
Wider proposals include an integrated transport hub involving a bus terminal and a drop-off area for cars as part of the harbour redevelopment expected to start next year.
SPT has allocated £350,000 for the new station, part of an investment of £22 million to cover projects across the 12 local authorities in Strathclyde. Arran is to get £40,000 of investment for the Brodick to Corrie cycle path.
SPT chairman councillor Dr Martin Bartos said: ‘Despite the many challenges faced this year, the capital programme approved at partnership continues to support the 12 local authorities in a range of projects designed to improve infrastructure and encourage more active travel across the region.
‘Careful consideration has been given to what projects can be delivered and those which most benefit the travelling public. ‘Projects which aim to reduce journey times and improve infrastructure for all transport users are a priority as they play a key role in transforming public transport in the west of Scotland.
‘We have encouraged all our local authority colleagues to be aspirational in their projects so we can continue to make strides in improving all transport options however challenging that may be in the current climate.’
All the projects identified for funding must meet SPT’s Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) strategic outcomes specifically that the projects offer or improve attractive seamless reliable travel, improved connectivity, access for all and reduced emissions.