DRIVERS heading for Perth are being urged to put safety first and consider leaving their vehicles outside the city limits and take the bus to reduce the risks of accidents during the bad weather.
Says a spokesperson: “Valiant efforts are being made to reopen the Broxden Park + Ride which has been closed since Monday after the unusually large snowfall for the time of year made it almost impossible for cars and buses to use.
“Today/yesterday [Tuesday] workers spent several hours using a mechanical digger to clear a route in and out of the park so that commuters and shoppers alike could catch a bus into the city centre rather than risk driving on the the snowbound icy roads.
“With several inches of snow causing havoc across Perthshire and much of the country police and motoring organisations have been encouraging people not to drive unless absolutely necessary.”
However, with on one of the busiest shopping periods of the year getting underway this week Smith & Sons Coaches, who hold the council contract for the Broxden Park + Ride, have been keen to get back to business so people who have to go into town can make the trip without taking the car.
“People have to get to and from work and the bus is the safest way to get into town. On Monday, our coaches were snowed in and there were lorries and cars abandoned on the side of the road across the region,” said Ian Smith of Smith & Sons Coaches.
“The park + ride service provides a sensible alternative to taking the car and with the bad weather set to continue for several more days yet so we felt we had to do everything possible to encourage people not to drive further than they have to.
“Safety is at the forefront of most people’s minds in this weather. The police are making every effort to encourage as much traffic off the road as possible but we realise that people still have to get to work and, with Christmas just around the corner, there is pressure on folks to go shopping. As long as the shops and businesses stay open, we will make the effort to get people to them.”
For more information on Smith & Sons Coaches call Peppercorn PR on 0845 217 8757.
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