A congestion-busting park-and-ride scheme could be created on the edge of Perth.
Whisky producer the Edrington Group has been working with Perth and Kinross Council on a new bus service at its Walnut Grove base on the banks of the River Tay.
Plans for the new facility are now being shared with the public.
The £1.5 million hub is expected to help tackle air pollution issues by significantly reducing the number of cars entering the city from the east.
If approved, it would have 240 parking spaces, as well as a bus-turning area and waiting facilities.
The site would be accessed by vehicles travelling from Dundee at junction 11 of the A90, or from the M90 for traffic coming from Edinburgh.
A footpath would also be built linking the north-eastern corner of the site with the edge of Walnut Grove.
The plans went on display at Edrington’s base to gauge the local residents’ views. All feedback will be used to shape a future planning application.
An environmental impact assessment, which will consider the plan’s impact on the surrounding area, as well as potential noise and visual issues, is being drawn up and will be lodged with the local authority in due course.
A spokesman for agents Mott MacDdonald said: “The development of new park-and-ride sites is identified as a key theme of the Perth’s Transport Futures Project.
“Continuing growth in traffic volumes will see significant increases in population over the next 20 years.”
He added: “Forecasts of transport movements in the area predict that if future land-use developments were to occur with no change to the transport network, existing problems would become greater and new transport issues would emerge.”
Earlier this year, a £20,000 feasibility study was launched to examine separate proposals for a sustainable travel hub in Perth, which also aims to dramatically reduce the number of vehicles coming into the city.
It is also hoped the hub would go some way to addressing long-standing congestion and air-quality issues.
It would have power points to encourage hydrogen, biofuel and electric-powered vehicles.
In a memo about the travel hub to consultants Element Energy, a council officer states: “Transport remains one of the main particle emitters in Scotland: cars, vans and lorries accounted for the vast majority of miles travelled.
“Delays in driver journeys due to congestion and encouraging people to travel to work by public transport or active transport, such as walking or cycling, are significant challenges to be addressed.”
He added: “From a low-carbon perspective, we need to promote and increase the connectivity between different modes of active and public transport in public settings.”