Plans to extend the park and ride facility at Drumahoe have been welcomed in Derry.
SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan says the extension - that will increase car park spaces by 150 to a new capacity of 271 vehicles - will encourage more people to use public transport.
“I welcome this move by the Department as the Drumahoe park and ride service has proved extremely popular with commuters. Any initiative which encourages more people to use public transport has a positive impact on the environment. Given the current price of fuel using such a service is an economical way for people to get to and from work,” he says.
The extension of the initiative was announced by Stormont’s Roads Minster Danny Kennedy last week.
He said: “The Park & Ride at Drumahoe has proven very popular with occupancy rates well over 80%. In addition, the site can be used to park and ride into the city with the many events planned for City of Culture 2013.
“This scheme, costing £250,000, is indicative of the support by government to ensure the success of the Derry/Londonderry City of Culture 2013.”
Launched in 2009, the park and ride scheme has up to now catered for people using Translink’s services to Belfast. The larger facility will enable Translink to consider enhancing the level of service to the Drumahoe site and act as a park and ride site for the many events planned for City of Culture 2013.
While welcoming the scheme Mr Durkan also called for the extension of services into parts of Derry where Translink do not operate.
“Indeed there are other areas of the city such as Coshquin and Culmore which are still not serviced by Ulsterbus. I urge the Department to look at transport facilities in these areas as soon as possible,” he said.