The leader of Perth and Kinross Council, Grant Laing, has said that Perth and Kinross could become a leader in green transport after their plans to promote sustainable travel took a major step forward.
On the 1st of July 2022, the business case for the Broxden Low Carbon Transport Hub got approved by a joint committee of the Tay Cities Deal. The Hub will be the first phase in a three-phase programme by Perth and Kinross Council to make Perth, Europe’s most sustainable small city
Grant Laing said: “Our goal is to make Perth and Kinross a Scottish leader in sustainable travel, so I am delighted these important and exciting projects are moving forward.
“Creating a network of low carbon and sustainable transport will make an enormous difference to the environment and drive economic growth across Perth and Kinross as the switch to greener modes of travel accelerates.
“Tackling climate change has to be a priority for all of us and making sure we have the right infrastructure in place is vital for our ambitions of reaching net zero.”
The Low Carbon Transport Hub will be a solar-powered electric car charging station which will have enough chargers to charge 41 electric cars at a time. The power will be generated through 80kw solar carport canopies, and all power will be stored in a battery on the site.
Grant Laing went on to say: “As a Council, we are committed to tackling climate change.
“These important projects, together with others such as the Perth, People Place scheme, will create a greener and healthier Perth and Kinross for residents, visitors and businesses.”
Phase one of the programme will cost £1.06 million. To fund this, the project will receive £636,000 of Tay Cities Deal funding and the remaining £424,000 will come from the European Regional Development Fund.
The final two phases of the programme are still awaiting having their business cases approved. Phase two will see £1.263 million being invested in the Perth-Active Travel Hub Project, while phase three will see a further £1.6 million investment in the Perth-Hydrogen Refuelling Station.