A new multi-million-pound park and ride system could be the latest change to the face of transport in Dundee.
The council plans to have two schemes comprising 750 new car parking spaces complete by 2015.
Over the years, the city has seen everything from horse-drawn trams and ferries to the two bridges crossing the Tay to Fife.
The Evening Telegraph took a look back at transport through the ages in Dundee.
Dundee’s trams were originally horse-drawn when introduced in 1877 by the Dundee and District Tramways Company. At first, they ran from Albert Square to Windsor Street. Steam cars were introduced on the Lochee route, before the Corporation Transport Department took over in 1899 and brought in electric cars a year later.
Single-deckers known as ‘Conshies’ ran from 1902, while the city also had the first two-trolley buses in Scotland, called Stouries, which ran along Clepington Road.
The city’s last tram ran on October 20 1956, from Maryfield to Lochee, and Dundonians lined the streets along its route, despite there being rules to prevent any official celebrations.
Crowds 10 people deep cheered the tram as it passed through the city centre, with people putting pennies on the track as souvenirs. The final tram arrived in Lochee at 12.40am, with crowds still waving and singing. Convener Harry Dickson said: “We’re closing a chapter in the city’s history. Tomorrow, for the first time, we will have an all-bus fleet, but the trams have given us almost 80 years’ loyal service and they will not be forgotten.”
Driver David Bates said: “I’ve been held up before, but never like this. Hogmanay hasn’t had a look in tonight. Ah well, that’s that. Ready to start in the bus driving school tomorrow.”
Before the Tay Road Bridge was built, ferries were the easiest way for folk to get across to Fife. Known as Fifies, they ran from Craig Pier across to Newport. Steamboats were introduced in 1821, following the deaths of 17 people when a sailboat ferry sank.
There were 13 different ferries used over the years until they stopped on August 18 1966 the day the new road bridge opened.
In its final days, the ferry company’s bookings boomed to unprecedented levels as people took nostalgic trips across the Tay. When it closed, there were three ferries operating a paddle boat called BL Nairn, as well as two modern boats named Abercraig and Scotscraig. As the Fifies came into port for the final time, there was dancing on board as passengers sang Auld Lang Syne. The road bridge, which took three-and-a-half years to build, was opened by the Queen Mother in a grand ceremony that saw a dozen RAF planes fly past.
Drivers started queuing at 7pm the day before to be among the first to use the road, and 10,000 passed over in the first six hours. There was a string of events planned through the city over the weekend, with 90,000 souvenir envelopes sent out.
The Queen Mother said: “The construction of a road bridge over the Tay has, for almost 100 years, been a dream and a desire on both sides of the river, and today it has become a reality.
“Today, we salute the fulfilment of a great engineering project.”
The bridge was a toll road until 2008, when it cost 80p to take a car over the river.
The first bridge spanning the Tay was the original rail bridge, which was officially unveiled on May 31 1878.
Queen Victoria crossed over it the following year, before it collapsed during a storm on December 28, 1879. The disaster was thought to have killed 79 people. A second bridge was built, which was opened on July 13 1887.
Dundee’s Kingsway around the city was built in the 1930s, with a single-carriageway rural road on the west side, and dual carriageway on Kingsway East. It cost 9,000 at the time to double the width of the stretch from Pitkerro Road to Arbroath Road.
Another major road upgrade was the city’s inner ring road, with a 13m upgrade in the early nineties including making the Marketgait tunnel underneath Hilltown and Victoria Road.