Published Wednesday, 03 October 2012
The new facility provides parking for commuters in Jordanstown. (© Pacemaker)
Minister Danny Kennedy opened the facility on Wednesday afternoon at Translink's Jordanstown train station.
The facility includes 66 car parking spaces, including four disabled parking spaces.
Mr Kennedy said the facility will help to accommodate the growing passenger numbers and alleviate traffic congestion in the area.
The latest facility adds to those already in place at Carrickfergus, Greenisland and Whiteabbey.
"It will further benefit the East Antrim community and help to attract more people to choose the train," the Minister added.
"The opening of this new facility is timely, as it will support the new Class 4000 trains now operating on the Larne line and help attract additional customers on board particularly with the A2 road works scheduled to start in spring 2013."
The Minister continued: "Last year the Department for Regional Development published a Strategic Review of Park and Ride, which recognised the need to integrate with Translink bus and rail services. That report highlighted the importance of Park and Ride in promoting sustainable transport."
The facility also coincides with the addition of 20 new trains and the launch of free WiFi onboard rail services.
"It really is a good time to try the train," John Trethowan, chairman of Translink said.
"Park and Ride facilities make rail services more attractive, accessible and provide meaningful integration for our customers.
"Jordanstown is a busy station and this new facility gives commuters better convenience and peace of mind that their car is left in a safe location," he continued.
"Secure fencing, gates, new lighting, signage and CCTV have been installed. The facility is also easily accessible from both Lynda Avenue and there is pedestrian access from the car park to the station platform."
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