SPT has promoted and funded the development of Park and Ride facilities throughout the region. Park and Ride complements other transport modes such as rail, bus and Subway and provides an additional option for travel to many areas. A successful Park and Ride strategy will encourage greater use of public transport by converting car-only journeys to Park and Ride journeys, will encourage users to access their closest Park and Ride facility and will complement active travel strategies.
The majority of Park and Ride users in the Strathclyde area are commuters travelling to work who use Park and Ride regularly (three or more times a week) to avoid traffic congestion, minimise the cost of their journey and avoid parking availability problems at their destination. Park and Ride is also used by people travelling for shopping, social, leisure, education and personal business purposes.
Since 2008, SPT has invested c. £12 million in developing and expanding Park and Ride across the region including key projects at Croy, Kilwinning, Carluke, Bellshill, Irvine and Johnstone rail stations. More than 3500 new Park and Ride spaces have been delivered over this time period across more than two dozen sites in the SPT area, helping to contribute to rail patronage increases since 2008. Over the next three years, SPT seeks to invest in additional Park and Ride spaces at many more locations including Kilmaurs, Barrhead, Helensburgh, Airdrie, East Kilbride and Carstairs; and to support development and design works for potential projects at other locations in the future, including a strategic Park and Ride site in conjunction with proposals for Robroyston station. SPT will also continue to undertake Park and Ride user surveys to monitor performance and inform transport planning activities.