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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
'Vital' park-and-ride site opens
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Local buses, and coaches to Edinburgh and Perth, use the site
A park-and-ride scheme aimed at reducing congestion on one of east Scotland's busiest commuter routes has been officially opened in Kinross.

The site, which is close to the M90 motorway, provides transport links to Perth and Edinburgh.

It has been up and running since May and has parking spaces for more than 130 cars.

It was officially launched by Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson, who said the facility was "absolutely vital".

He said he wanted to see more park-and-ride scheme like it across Scotland.

Mr Stevenson said: "If we are to win the battle to tackle congestion, we must offer the commuter real alternatives to the car.

"We must encourage a change in the mode of transport used by the public to protect our environment and ensure our economy can develop without being constricted by an increasingly congested roads network.

"Well planned initiatives like this one in Kinross give people a real alternative to the car, helping them to avoid the jams, whilst relieving congestion on our roads network."

Urban centres

The 650,000 facility was funded by the Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran).

Chairman Fraser Macpherson said it would be used to develop a regional park-and-ride strategy.

He added: "It will build on and complement existing park-and-rides to deliver a regional network of edge-of-city and urban sites, particularly focused on our main urban centres of Dundee, Perth and Stirling.

"In taking this strategy forward we will continue to work in partnership with Scottish Government, our councils and transport operators to deliver effective public transport options which will reduce congestion, improve accessibility and promote the use of more sustainable options for modern travel demands."

Perth and Kinross Council said the site was being used by an average of 35 to 45 cars per day, and the car park could be expanded in the future if required.

There were also 12 cycle lockers and a shelter for passengers waiting for coaches.

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