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New Park and Share scheme opens just off A1 in Banbridge

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A £200,000 investment has brought 116 new park and share spaces to Loughbrickland, Banbridge and Clough.

Park and share car parks have been recently completed at Loughbrickland and Banbridge with the existing park and share facility at Clough on the Newcastle Road extended.

The Loughbrickland site is located at Greenan Road with 37 spaces.

The Banbridge site is on the Rathfriland Road at Tullyear Terrace with 62 spaces.

The Clough site has been doubled in size to provide 34 spaces.

The public is encouraged to use these new facilities to park their vehicles and travel onwards in a shared vehicle to their place of work or study. This reduces congestion, improves journey times and is better for the environment.

The Department for Infrastructure will continue to identify further park and share sites and is liaising with Translink to identify additional opportunities to develop Park and Ride sites on key commuting corridors which will be served by the Ulsterbus and Goldline services.

DUP representatives Carla Lockhart MLA and Alderman Junior McCrum have welcomed the scheme in Banbridge.

Speaking on the matter Ms Lockhart said: “This is a very welcome addition to the parking offering in the Banbridge area particularly for those who commute or travel to Belfast on a regular basis. For a town with such strategic links along the A1 it is vital that Banbridge has every potential infrastructure link with both Belfast and Dublin.

“I want to thank Transport NI for their support and action on this matter and congratulate them on its completion.”

Councillor McCrum added: “I am naturally delighted that our representations have resulted in the opening of this facility and I know it will be welcomed by people from the town. Many people use public transport to travel to work and this will of great use to travellers from across the area.”

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