SPT are to fund provision of further parking at Irvine train station with North Ayrshire Council acting as the main contractors. ScotRail are project partners also.
Passengers using Irvine station are set to benefit from the larger car park by mid-May 2015, with a further 43 standard and three disabled parking bays in the pipeline, boosting the capacity by more than a half.
SPT Senior Director Charlie Hoskins said:
“SPT is pleased to be supporting this project, working in close partnership with one of our member councils North Ayrshire and Scotrail.
“The expansion of the car park will undoubtedly benefit the local community and hopefully encourage more people to incorporate public transport into their daily travel habits.”
The enlarged facility will increase capacity from 71 to 117 (64%) to meet demand from the growing number of passengers using the station each day. Construction work begins in early March and will continue for a period of 12 weeks until mid-May. Between now and Friday 1 May, only one space will be closed off in the station car park.
Work will reach its peak in the first few weeks in May when the parking will gradually reduce, ultimately resulting in a loss of half the spaces for the second week in May. However, this 50% reduction is only expected to last for five days, and is necessary for the completion of the work. ScotRail has created a dedicated webpage to give customers more information.
Pat Callaghan, director of facilities at ScotRail, said:
“We are great believers in integrated travel, and the extension to Irvine station car park will make this much easier for the people of North Ayrshire.
“However, during construction, we appreciate that some adjustment to travel plans may be required. We are encouraging passenger to consider alternative travel options to the station – whether that be walking, taking the bus, or even being dropped off by a friend or family member.
“There is covered bicycling parking available at Irvine station so, if possible, customers may wish to make use of their bikes and cycle between their homes and the station.”
Another option for drivers to consider is SPT’s free JourneyShare scheme. The initiative helps drivers identify others in their area who are looking to car share, thereby achieving reductions in costs, congestion and pollution.