Funding announced for Halbeath "Park and Choose"
Archived news: published on Monday 21 Mar 2011 by Fife Council
Dr Bob McLellan
FIFE Council has welcomed the news of £10 million Scottish Government funding to build the “Park and Choose” facility at Halbeath.
Transport Minister Keith Brown announced today (Monday) that the money is to be made available to fund the 1,000 space facility in the Kingdom.
The Halbeath “Park and Choose” will be built by 2013 as part of the Forth Replacement Crossing development to help relieve traffic congestion.
Dr Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation Services, said he was delighted about the news: “I welcome today’s funding announcement from the Scottish Government.
“We aim to have this new Park & Ride facility at Halbeath up and running before the new Forth Crossing works start to change the Ferrytoll Interchange and Park and Ride, so that commuters will still have an alternative to taking their cars across the bridge with a dedicated bus-lane all the way to the existing bridge from Halbeath.”
Following a committee decision last month, council officers are currently working to purchase the land needed for the facility.
Dr Bob McLellan continued:”Once we’ve obtained the land needed to build the Park and Choose at Halbeath we’ll be able to start work on this very important facility.
“We know that traffic approaching the Forth Road Bridge will be significantly impacted while the new crossing is being built. We need to help people make more use of public transport and car sharing or the congestion could be horrendous at peak times. This is why the Park and Choose facility will be so vital.”