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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.

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