An Active Travel Hub for Lochwinnoch?

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News Release - An Active Travel Hub for Lochwinnoch?

Lochwinnoch residents are to be consulted about the proposed creation of what is called an “active travel hub”, probably located at or close to the railway station.

“What on earth is an Active Travel Hub?” we hear you ask! Well, it is all about helping people to make more use of sustainable forms of transport. In the case of Lochwinnoch, this would mean making more use of the railway station for functional trips such as commuting, using buses more often, and increasing the frequency of cycling and walking.

An Active Travel Hub is a building or structure which provides the facilities that people need if they are cycling, walking and/or connecting with public transport. It could include amenities such as secure cycle racks, electric car and bicycle charging stations, lockers, a cycle repair workshop – even perhaps a part-time coffee bar! Some conceptual illustrations have been produced (see sketches attached) – though it is being stressed that these are only artist’s impressions, not firm proposals.

The first stage of a feasibility study process (being funded by Transport Scotland) is a local consultation process, being held during the month of November. The aim of the consultation is to give everyone the chance to say whether they might use such a facility and, if so, what particular features it should contain.

Every household in the village will be receiving an explanatory leaflet and short questionnaire (which can be completed either on paper or online). A dedicated Active Travel Hub Facebook page has been set up. More information and comments can be made here https://www.facebook.com/LochwinnochActive

The proposals will be on display for around three weeks (starting mid-November) at the Castle Semple Centre.

It is also planned that there will be two public ‘drop-in’ days (one at Castle Semple and one in the village centre) when consultants will be in attendance to listen to people’s views and answer questions. The dates and locations for these events will be announced shortly.

The views of Lochwinnoch residents will be crucial in determining whether or not this idea is taken forward, so please take part in this exercise and express your opinions on the proposals.

Further information can be obtained from Patrick Laughlin of Collective Trax Ltd – patrick@collectivetrax.co.uk