Park and ride opens in Jordanstown

Published Wednesday, 03 October 2012
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A park and ride facility has been opened in Jordanstown by the Regional Development Minister.

Park and ride opens in Jordanstown
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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Martin Gunn in Lisnaskea wrote (562 days ago):
Park and rides would be grand if ulsterbus had realistic prices which did not rip off passengers. two adults to Belfast from ballygawley £19.40 because we were staying overnight we could not get a return ticket and paid the same the next day to go down. Where is the encouragement to use public transport, save the enviroment and cut down on traffic congestion in Belfast? The car would have been so much cheaper and practical!
southbelfast123 in Belfast wrote (563 days ago):
As wonderful as all this free wifi Park And Ride service is, I feel it's just about the only way Stormont are trying to get us using Translink services.. Park And Ride only suits the 9-5 worker Mon-Friday only at not weekends. Saturday shopping? Would it not be wiser investing money on expanding the rail network and Ulsterbus services that don't just run at school times etc than a strip of Tarmac beside a station?
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