Park-and-ride Framework

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 17 March 2011.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

8. To ask the Scottish Government what progress is being made in implementing the national framework for park and ride for buses. (S3O-13313)

Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

Bus park-and-ride schemes are delivered by local authorities and regional transport partnerships. They have been successfully developed at many sites throughout Scotland and the Scottish Government is keen for that to continue. They can make a valuable contribution to increasing modal shift and reducing congestion, which are key outcomes for the Scottish Government.

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

Is the minister aware of the on-going campaign for a new bus station for Cumbernauld town centre to replace the shambles that passes for a bus station at the moment? What advice can he give to those of us who are campaigning for a new bus station for the town?

Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Scottish National Party

I am aware of the on-going campaign for a new bus station in Cumbernauld town centre, and of the member’s staunch support for it. My advice is that North Lanarkshire Council, local bus operators and Strathclyde partnership for transport should work together to develop practical and cost-effective proposals for a facility that will meet passengers’ needs. During this morning’s debate, we saw that the best environment for buses in Scotland is a mutually supportive one in which bus operators, Government and local authorities work together. That will provide the best outcome.

Photo of Cathie Craigie Cathie Craigie Labour

I am sure that the minister agrees that the park-and-ride facilities at Croy and in Cumbernauld provide safe parking for people who use the train. However, the minister will be aware of my concerns about the unfortunate proposal to introduce parking charges at those park-and-ride facilities. Will the minister advise Parliament about the progress that has been made on through-ticketing? What progress and discussions have taken place on through-journey proposals? Could those issues and the issue of the complete cost of travel, including the parking charge, be discussed and included in any future ScotRail franchise?

Photo of Keith Brown Keith Brown Scottish National Party

I am sorry; I was trying to answer questions about the bus station and park and ride. As Cathie Craigie knows from my previous answers to her questions, although the Scottish Government funded the park and ride at Croy, it is for North Lanarkshire Council to decide whether to apply charges to it. We have to wait and see what North Lanarkshire Council does.

On through-ticketing and so on, I am happy to respond to the member in writing.

Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

On a point of order, Presiding Officer. On what basis are members allowed to ask questions about train station park-and-ride facilities when the substantive question was about bus station park and rides?

Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None

That is a matter of judgment for the chair, Mr Hepburn.