Underground park and ride plan

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GLASGOW’S chamber of commerce has 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 many 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.