East Dunbartonshire is going to be streets ahead thanks to fresh investment which aims to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
East Dunbartonshire Council has secured funding from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s (SPT) Capital Programme and Budget for 2014/15 which will be used for A81 route corridor improvements in Milngavie and Bearsden (£340,000), walking and cycling off-road network improvements (£150,000) and bus infrastructure improvements (£100,000).
In addition, East Dunbartonshire Council has been awarded £700,000 over three years for the A81 corridor by Transport Scotland’s Bus Investment Fund (BIF).
Funding will be used to provide new bus shelters, real-time timetable information and bus priority measures, as well as innovative sustainable travel hubs on the A81.
Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of the Development and Regeneration Committee and East Dunbartonshire’s representative on SPT, welcomed the boost. He said: “The funding from SPT is extremely good news and - allied to the
funding from BIF - will go a long way towards encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport along the A81.
“The council is committed to maximising external support to reduce our requirements to commit additional capital, which is separate from our revenue budget and the challenges we face in that area.
“The council is looking forward to working in partnership with SPT to deliver three projects in East Dunbartonshire - including A81 route improvements, enhancing the walking and cycling off-road network, andupgrades to bus infrastructure.
“The A81 funding will be used to reduce uncertainty over bus waiting times and cut down on journey times. It will also mean upgraded shelters.
“In addition, innovative Sustainable Travel Hubs will act as interchanges for walking, cycling and public transport.”
The A81 funding will be used to reduce uncertainty over bus waiting times and cut down on journey times. It will also mean upgraded shelters.
“In addition, innovative sustainable travel hubs will act as interchanges for walking, cycling and public transport.”
SPT Chair, Councillor Jim Coleman, said, “This is a significant investment in our transport network and the projects identified will not only deliver new innovative solutions, but will also ensure that the existing network
continues to operate effectively, benefiting everyone who travels within and across Strathclyde. We want all public transport and active travel options, like cycling and walking, to be more attractive and convenient for people.
“We want more connectivity between public transport methods and we want to reduce the number, and length of, car journeys.”