Park-and-ride scheme snubbed

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Merseytravel logoMerseytravel’s new park-and-ride scheme has failed to win over commuters, who are still parking their cars in side roads.

A total of 270 parking spaces have been installed at Birkenhead North Station, but the public are still leaving their cars in streets away from the station.

It is thought the lack of a bridge linking the station with the car park is putting people off using it.

The scheme includes a similar facility at Bidston and cost £2.6m to build, freeing up around 370 parking spaces in the area.

Councillor Harry Smith, the Wirral councillor for transport, wants to speak to Merseytravel to see if a resolution can be reached.

With Peel Holding’s Wirral Water development due to take place, it is essential that travel links in the area are completed.

He said: “I agree that the present situation is far from ideal. First the extended bridge has yet to be built and also there are no yellow lines.

“People will be reluctant to use it if they continue having to walk around to gain access to the station. I’m also asking for direction signs to be erected to encourage commuters to use the facility.”

A Merseytravel spokesman said plans for a bridge to connect the park and ride facility were in phase two of the programme due to be completed later this year.

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