PUBLIC transport links at two of Inverclyde's top tourist attractions are set for a £200,000 boost.

A major work to upgrade the bus stops serving Lunderston Bay and Cardwell Garden Centre is set to take place.

More than 215,000 visitors flock to the area every year to enjoy the beauty spot.

Now there will be bus shelters and lay-bys on both sides of Cloch Road - as part of an investment by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

Senior councillor David Wilson, who represents the district on SPT, today welcomed the move.

He said: "This is a major improvement for those using public transport and a big investment by SPT in partnership with the council.

"Lunderston Bay is the jewel in our crown, our top tourist attraction and the first sandy beach on the south side of the Clyde from Glasgow.

"It is very popular in the summer with visitors, schools and parties coming here.

"This will make it much safer.

"It is a very busy road and this is a good investment which is badly needed.

"We need to do all we can to improve public transport in Inverclyde."

A lay-by for buses to pull in from Cloch Road will be installed on both sides of the road at the entrance to Cardwell Bay Garden Centre.

The work on the road will be carried out by Inverclye Council.

Bus shelters will also be put in place for the convenience of passengers.

Councillor Innes Nelson sits on the Clyde Muirshiel Joint Authority Board, which oversees Lunderston, along with Cllr Wilson.

He has also welcomed investment.

Cllr Nelson said: "This is good news for everyone.

"There's so much happening at Lunderston Bay and it is very popular with families."