The increased capacity Park and Ride facility at the Drumderg roundabout in Toome will open on Monday 24 September.
The new facility has 152 spaces, fifty more than the existing, including five dedicated disabled spaces and two electric car charging points. This has been developed as part of the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme. A new pedestrian footbridge has also been constructed to improve accessibility and ensure safe access to the car park for commuters.
From Monday the existing Park and Ride will no longer be in use and all Translink services will operate from the new facility.
David Porter, Divisional Roads Manager, Department for Infrastructure said:
“Work on the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme is progressing to programme. Over the last few months commuters will have seen progress being made on a number of bridge structures along the route. The good weather this summer has also help the earthworks' programme and, in some locations, the first of the new road surface has been laid.
“The opening of the Toome Park and Ride facility is another significant milestone for this major project. With an additional 50 spaces available it will provide increased capacity for safe and convenient parking and will facilitate shared onward journeys. The regular bus service along the main A6 will stop at this site which offers commuters an attractive alternative to using a private car for their journey between Belfast and the North West.”
The contractors for the A6 scheme, including the Park and Ride facility, are Graham Farrans JV.
Notes to editors:
- The £160million A6 Dualling scheme will upgrade 14.7 kilometres of the A6 North Western Transport Corridor between Randalstown and Castledawson. This route is used by about 18,000 vehicles each day, and as a result it often experiences congestion at key times. The flagship investment will strengthen transport links and will bring long term benefits to road users and the local community.
- As part of the A6 Dualling Scheme the Toome Park and Ride facility has been relocated and the opportunity was taken to increase the number of spaces. This represents an investment of £2million.
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