Belfast Telegraph

McDevitt slams £11m parking scheme

SDLP MLA Conal McDevitt has hit out that commuters ‘have been left to thumb a lift’ at the new £11 million park and ride scheme at Cairnshill.

Last week transport minister Conor Murphy announced the opening of the new ‘Park and Share’ facilities on the Saintfield Road at its junction with Purdysburn Road.

But Mr McDevitt said: “The offer from the minister is to park and thumb a lift. What the commuter is being offered tis a car park and a five minute walk to the nearest bus stop. That is just not good enough.

“It was not built to be a just a car park — it works out that it cost the department £12,000 a car parking space — it’s a rip-off.

“The Department of Regional Development has invested £8m in this facility. There have been too many delays already with this project. It is very disappointing that DRD is yet to even issue the tender documents for the new Park and Ride service.

“Minister Murphy must make the completion of the full park and ride scheme an urgent priority.”

In his statement Mr Murphy said he was keen for the public to start using the Cairnshill site as soon as possible.

He said: “This will provide a secure site for those commuters who want to park and share transport and for those who want to park and use Translink’s regular passing bus services to access the city centre.

“As an incentive, during this interim period use of the car park will be free.”

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