With £588,000 SNP Government funding and £784,000 from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, North Ayrshire has been allocated £1,372,000 funding to establish two low carbon travel and transport hubs in Ardrossan.
The SNP Government’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund was established in 2017 to help public, community and third sector organisations deliver innovative active travel and low carbon hubs across Scotland. It is delivered through the Energy Saving Trust.
The main hub at Ardrossan Harbour will include electric vehicle chargers (two rapid and two fast chargers for a total of eight bays), electric bike charging stations, cycle parking, active travel information and signage, resting points and bike maintenance facilities.
Similar to the first, the satellite hub at the nearby North Shore site will include electric vehicle and electric bike charging stations, cycle parking for commuter journeys, public bike pumps and tools, active travel information and signage, public transport information and resting points.
The 1.3km path will then connect the two sites to the town centre, constructing missing links and creating a more connected network for the town.
Announcing the funding, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP said:
“Our Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is responding to the global climate emergency and helping to support Scotland’s green recovery from COVID-19. I’m pleased that a further 10 projects across Scotland will now be developed, with money from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government, including at Ardrossan.
“These exciting projects will join other low carbon and active travel initiatives that have been welcomed by recipient communities.
“Our Programme for Government commitment is to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032, whilst building an Active Nation and making it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday journeys.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“This is the third round of the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund and I am delighted that a significant chunk of it will benefit those who live in and around Ardrossan, as well as visitors.
“North Ayrshire also benefitted from an allocation in the first funding round, for the new Trinity hub in Irvine, launched last summer, and it is heartening to see additional resources coming to North Ayrshire.”