GLASGOW’S Chamber of Commerce have linked up with a car park group to reduce congestion in the city.
The Chamber is partnered by Carparks.com, the car park management division of Airlink Group, to promote a new Park and Ride season ticket for Glasgow’s underground system.
Airlink, contracted by SPT to operate three subway Park and Ride sites around the circular route, is introducing the new scheme to encourage people to commute into the city, reducing congestion at peak times.
The level of traffic in Glasgow means that vehicles move at a snails pace during the most congested hours.
The new move is particularly relevant for commuters on the southside of the city as two of the three Park and Ride facilities are on Shields Road and Bridge Street.
It is hoped that it will persuade drivers to stop off at one of Airlink’s car parks and make use of the new season ticket which could save drivers up to 40 per cent off the cost of Park and Ride.
Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, believes Park and Ride solutions can ease city centre congestion and also boost the local economy.
He said: “Reducing congestion and encouraging public transport usage are key priorities for Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, highlighted by our endorsement of the city’s bid to become European Green Capital City 2015.
“Any initiative which seeks to encourage ease of access to the city centre is positive for Glasgow’s business community, reaffirming our status as the UK’s number one shopping destination outside of London”.
John McGlynn, Carparks.com’s company chairman, welcomed the support from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, adding that it was important to offer customers greater choice when parking within the city centre.
He said: “We need car parking alternatives such as this to give more options to our customers.
“We all know how expensive car parking in the city can be.
“So why not park up and jump on the subway?
“It’s a quick ride into town and at less than £2 a day to park, we believe the season ticket is an affordable and convenient solution”.
SPT’s chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: “SPT has long championed the use of Park and Ride to positively change travel behaviour and get people out of their cars and on to public transport.
“Not only can using the subway Park and Ride facilities ease the daily commute, they can also go a long way towards reducing congestion and carbon emissions in Glasgow”.