TRANS­PORT Park-and-ride con­sul­ta­tion

Pub­lic asked for views on new strat­egy

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Nicola Find­lay

A con­sul­ta­tion into parkand-ride fa­cil­i­ties at rail­way sta­tions across South La­nark­shire – in­clud­ing two in East Kil­bride – is un­der­way.

The coun­cil wants to find out res­i­dents’ opin­ions on the draft strat­egy cov­er­ing all 19 fa­cil­i­ties in the re­gion.

And Hairmyres sta­tion – which com­muters and lo­cal politi­cians have long crit­i­cised over a lack of park­ing which sees peo­ple take up lim­ited spa­ces at the nearby hos­pi­tal – has been iden­ti­fied as a high pri­or­ity in the new mul­ti­mil­lion pound park-and-ride plan.

Cen­tral Scot­land Tory MSP Gra­ham Simp­son pre­vi­ously in­sisted peo­ple in East Kil­bride are turn­ing their backs on the rail­way be­cause “they can’t get parked”.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors pre­vi­ously stated pro­jected level of de­mand can­not be ac­com­mo­dated at the ma­jor­ity of sta­tions due to in­creased rail us­age and there was a need to con­sider op­tions to ex­pand pro­vi­sion.

Chair of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity and en­ter­prise com­mit­tee, East Kil­bride Cen­tral South Coun­cil­lor John An­der­son, said: “We would like as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to take part in this con­sul­ta­tion.

“We want to hear from the peo­ple who are us­ing the park and ride fa­cil­i­ties, as it is th­ese day-to-day users who will have the most valu­able feed­back.”

And the town’s MSP Linda Fabi­ani has wel­comed a con­sul­ta­tion on a park-and-ride strat­egy for East Kil­bride and Hairmyres rail­way sta­tions

She said: “I am glad the coun­cil recog­nise the im­por­tance of park and ride fa­cil­i­ties – not only the ben­e­fits of boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, but to re­duce con­ges­tion, pro­mote ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­crease the use of pub­lic trans­port.

“I would urge a many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to get in­volved in this con­sul­ta­tion and ex­press their views – for any strat­egy to be a suc­cess re­quires the feed­back of its users.

“I look for­ward de­vel­op­ments.”

A num­ber of fac­tors were looked at in de­vel­op­ing the draft strat­egy, in­clud­ing ex­ist­ing sup­ply, fu­ture de­mand, de­mand against cur­rent pro­vi­sion, as well to as the suit­abil­ity and fea­si­bil­ity of all op­tions.

The plans for Hairmyres could cre­ate an ex­tra 500 spa­ces at a cost of up to £5.6 mil­lion.

In the short term, 11 spa­ces could be cre­ated by re­con­fig­ur­ing and ex­tend­ing the ex­ist­ing car park at a cost of up to £50,000.

The con­struc­tion of a new sur­face car park with ac­cess road could add 109 spa­ces at a cost of be­tween £330,000 and £420,000.

An ex­tra 357 spa­ces could come from the de­vel­op­ment of a decked car park in a part­ner­ship with health chiefs – cost­ing up to £4.5m.

Fur­ther long-term plans could add 50 spa­ces thanks to a decked ex­ten­sion of the ex­ist­ing ScotRail car park at a cost of be­tween £500,000 and £642,000.

The rail­way sta­tions are owned and man­aged by Net­work Rail and it is ei­ther they or the coun­cil who are re­spon­si­ble for car park­ing at all 19 of the sta­tions.

The con­sul­ta­tion – which can be found by go­ing to https:// www.snap­sur­ asp?k=152526354089 – will last for a pe­riod of eight weeks and will be sup­ple­mented with leaflets and posters in and around the sta­tions and on trains.

Packed to the rafters The park-and-ride fa­cil­ity at Hairmyres sta­tion

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