Short wait for Park & Ride extension

Ellon Park & Ride
Ellon Park & Ride

Users of the Ellon Park & Ride can expect to see extension work at the site to begin shortly.

According to officers at Aberdeenshire Council the development, better known as phase 2, should start in early 2018 with the project set to be completed by the summer.

Councillor Gillian Owen

Councillor Gillian Owen

Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen has been in contact with the officers to receive the latest update on the situation.

In a statement the council officers said: “Phase 2 of the Ellon Park and Ride extension was due to be completed toward the end of 2017, however a potential issue was discovered on a final review of the design and required further investigation work.

“Following the ground investigation work it is now anticipated that the updated plans will be ready in December with a view to going to tender in January and awarding a contract in March.”

Commenting Cllr Owen said: “This will be very welcome news for Ellon residents who use the bus services from the Park & Ride.

“I admit to being frustrated about the time it has taken to better this facility, but it will make significant improvements.

“Land ownership issues like this can have a huge impact on these types of projects and sadly all to often these are the reasons for delays.”

Phase 2 will include an expansion of the bus turning area and will create three new bus stops.

Each stop will have an enclosed shelter that will be lit and have a real time display to show when the next bus is expected to arrive.

The car park will also be extended and its entrance will be altered to help overcome issues some customers have with the width restrictions currently in place while also continuing to deter unauthorised use.