A NEW bus stop linking people to one of Inverclyde's top visitor attractions is just the ticket for two local councillors.

The £280,000 investment by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) at Lunderston Bay has thrilled elected members David Wilson and Graeme Brooks, who both represent the district on SPT and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Lay-bys have been created so buses no longer have to stop on the road and hold up traffic.

Councillor Wilson is vice-chair of SPT and Clyde Muirshiel and says the project further enhances what is a jewel in the crown for Inverclyde.

He said: "The prime objective was to give safe bus access to Lunderston Bay, which is becoming more and more popular.

"And with that 15-minute service to Largs, people can jump on a bus at Buchanan Street and this is the first beach that you reach from Glasgow on the south side of the Clyde.

"Lunderston Bay is popular for rockpooling, dog walking and with school parties.

"As far as the park and Inverclyde Council are concerned, the two main tourist attractions we have are Cornalees and the Greenock Cut and Lunderston Bay - and they are great tourist attractions."

The new-look area also features dropped-kerbs for easier access for disabled people, a ramp leading down to the beach and bus shelters.

Part of the main road has been relaid and there are new pavements, fences and some landscaping.

Councillor Brooks said: "It's a fantastic. "I'm pleased they have opened up the land and you can actually now see the wonderful facility we have at Lunderston Bay. "As well as being more attractive, it also makes it more accessible, which is the main objective.

"Buses had problems stopping here.

"They've done a fantastic job."