Ballymartin park and ride scheme gets the go ahead

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Plans to build a £3.8million park and ride facility at Ballymartin have been given the go-ahead.

Work on the scheme near Templepatrick, which will comprise 428 car parking spaces, is expected to start this summer and take around one year to complete.

Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy said: “The aim of providing park and ride facilities is to make it easier for people to use public transport at the busiest times of the day and as a result help reduce road congestion.

“This is a significant scheme which will provide over 400 spaces for motorists who use this very busy route between mid-Antrim and Belfast.

“Once constructed, this facility will be an important element of my Department’s commitment to promote more sustainable travel, by offering commuters an alternative for their journey.”

The proposed site for the park and ride facility will be adjacent to the M2 Motorway (Junction 5) between Belfast and the International Airport.

Clive Bradberry, Translink Infrastructure Executive, said: “The popularity of park and ride has grown significantly in recent years and indeed is now an important part of our on-going development plans to provide attractive travel options for our customers.

“When finished, this scheme will be a great asset for the surrounding community allowing them to easily interchange from the car onto the bus and travel into Belfast.

“I would like to thank the Minister and his Department for the essential funding provided and we look forward to completing this project and attracting more people to choose the bus as the better, convenient hassle-free way to travel.”

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