Bus company delivers for North Lanarkshire with over £6m investment
Regional transport body Strathclyde Public Transport has invested more than £6million in North Lanarkshire over the past five years, a new report has revealed.
The report, ‘SPT: delivery for North Lanarkshire’, shows that £2.2m of capital funding has been awarded to support a range of sustainable transport projects in the region between 2017 and 2021.
Over £1.6m of additional funding has also been awarded to North Lanarkshire Council in 2021/22 to support their delivery.
And a further £2.45 million was spent via direct funding to ScotRail for the redevelopment of Motherwell station.
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A number of projects in the region have benefited from this funding.
This includes £685,000 for improvements to the A73 corridor to address safety and congestion issues around the M8.
Over half a million pounds has been contributed to the A71 Horsley Brae / Brownlee Road junction, a vital project that has long been listed as a key priority for North Lanarkshire Council.
Park and rides in the region have also benefited from £893,000 to boost the development, design and delivery of projects in Airdrie, Motherwell and Wishaw.
A commitment to active travel has also been demonstrated, with SPT proving over £1.1million in funding to council initiatives encouraging walking and cycling.
The report also reveals that SPT is helping the local authority take 8,500 children to school every day, has enabled 94,000 journeys on the MyBus service since 2019 and has installed 150 new bus shelters.
North Lanarkshire is one of 12 council areas to benefit from funding provided by SPT, which also covers East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire and the Helensburgh and Lomond area of Argyll and Bute.
The transport body stressed that the inter-municipal nature of transport and travel means that investing in one estate will benefit all residents who travel for work or leisure.
Across the west of Scotland, SPT has handled 6.1 million departures from bus stations in Buchanan, Hamilton, East Kilbride, Greenock, Braehead and Silverburn in recent years.
It has sold 515,000 ZoneCard tickets since 2017/18 across participating metro and rail and bus operators, and 43.7 million metro journeys have been made since 2017.
It supported 200 bus services run by around 20 operators on behalf of SPT and has 33 MyBus services operating in the West of Scotland.
SPT has also invested in several regional projects over the past few years, including the Metro Modernization Project, its ongoing bus stop and shelter modernization program, and its deployment of real-time passenger information.
Valerie Davidson, chief executive of SPT, told Lanarkshire Live: “We continue to provide a range of services in North Lanarkshire and across the region, either directly or on behalf of councils.
“As this report shows, we have invested over £6 million over the past five years in sustainable transport projects in the region.
“SPT’s activities support the West of Scotland regional transport network for the benefit of all residents traveling through the region.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on our operational activities due to reduced travel demand, the majority of services have been maintained to ensure transport remains in place for key workers and those who make essential trips.
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