Bosses at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport have ploughed £3.8 million into Renfrewshire projects in the past five years.
They say almost £3 million of capital funding has been channeled into travel initiatives in the area since 2017.
An additional £900,000 has also been handed over to Renfrewshire Council in the 2021/22 financial year to support their delivery of transport projects.
Across the area, a number of projects have benefited from the funding including almost £1.4 million which went to boost the area’s aging bus infrastructure, such as improvements to bus stops and shelters in Paisley.
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But some of the works have not been without controversy, we told last week how a furore had erupted over the relocation of bus stops in Well Street, moved from one end of the busy thoroughfare to the other in 2018.
Now council chiefs have issued a paperwork set to spark the relocation of the halts after they proved unpopular with both the community and nearby businesses, who blamed the move for a “significant” impact on trade.
The original relocation was blasted by Paisley Northwest councillor Kenny MacLaren, who accused SPT of failing to liaise with the council over the move – which the passenger transport body denies.
SNP man Councilor MacLaren said of the outfit over the row: “I wouldn’t trust them to run a toy train set never mind the public transport infrastructure for the West of Scotland.”
But the SPT’s ‘Delivering for Renfrewshire’ report revealed that cash had been pumped in to sustainable transport projects in the area, including improvements in Johnstone, Renfrew, Bridge of Weir, Houston and Linwood.
More than £1.6 million has gone to traffic management since 2018, such as the introduction of modern traffic control systems, billed as improving safety and efficiency.
Pedestrian crossings, particularly those near schools and play parks, have received £330,000 in funding for improvement and active travel initiatives which encourage walking and cycling have benefited from £220,000, supporting connections between Paisley and Renfrew.
SPT also backs measures to transfer 3,700 youngsters to and from school daily and 38,000 trips on the MyBus service have been scheduled since 2019.
Valerie Davidson, chief executive of SPT, said: “We continue to deliver a range of services in Renfrewshire and across the region either directly or on behalf of councils. As this report shows, we have invested more than £3.8 million over the last five years in sustainable transport projects in the area.
“SPT’s activities support the West of Scotland’s regional transport network to the benefit of all residents who travel across the area. While the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in significant impacts on our operational activities due to reduced travel demand, the majority of services were maintained to ensure transport remained in place for key workers and those making essential trips.”
Renfrewshire is one of 12 council areas which benefits from SPT funding, which stretches from East Ayrshire to Argyll and Bute.
It also supports 200 bus services run on their behalf by 20 operators and runs 33 MyBus services in the West of Scotland.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.