The Flintshire County Council has received over £2M in funding for the construction of a new purpose-built Park and Ride, increasing accessibility to the Deeside Industrial Park in North Wales.
The new Park and Ride will possess 227 parking spaces and will be served by the existing Deeside Shuttle bus service which will travel along a bus-only link, which likewise requires construction, from the Park and Ride into Zone Two of the estate.
Funding for the development has comes from two sources, with the Welsh Government providing £988,500 to Flintshire Council for the scheme in 2018 while £1,300,000 was presented in 2019.
The project is predicted to better connect the local community with the industrial park, which provides 9,000 jobs, and will apply waiting restrictions so as to tackle the issues that have arisen from indiscriminate parking.
The Economy and Transport Minister, Ken Skates stated: “Poor accessibility has long been the dominating factor for business retention and employee recruitment within the Deeside Industrial Park whilst also acting as a major constraint when attracting prospective business and facilitating business expansion.
“Businesses have also raised concerns regarding the lack of sufficient parking within the Park, leading to indiscriminate parking and traffic congestion.
“This development will address many of the on-site issues, while opening up opportunities for many in the surrounding areas to take advantage of the employment prospects right on their doorsteps.”
The Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Transportation, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, added: “I am delighted that funding has been secured to construct the Park and Ride facility in Deeside.
“This is one of many exciting schemes in the pipeline which will integrate all modes of transport. This key stage in the plan demonstrates the commitment in moving forward with the transport vision for Flintshire.
“Deeside Industrial Park has 400 businesses and employs 9,000 people but accessibility has long been raised as an issue and, often, barrier by businesses and potential employees.
“Flintshire County Council in partnership with Welsh Government has been working to address the issue by developing the North East Wales Metro integrating the rail, bus and cycling network improving accessibility to this important employment hub.”
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