Park and ride at New­ton gets go ahead

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted for the £1.4 mil­lion ex­ten­sion to the park and ride fa­cil­ity at New­ton Train Sta­tion.

The lack of park­ing spa­ces at the sta­tion has been heav­ily crit­i­cised in re­cent years, with com­muters stat­ing the car park was full by 9am most morn­ings.

They said the in­crease in new build homes was putting the park and ride ser­vice un­der un­prece­dented strain.

But the new plan will see 155 new park­ing bays cre­ated to the south of the cur­rent park and ride.

Fund­ing for the project is com­ing from the Glas­gow Re­gion City Deal, which also helped fund the Cathkin Re­lief Road. With the coun­cil in pur­dah, of­fi­cers act­ing un­der del­e­gated pow­ers gave the project con­di­tional per­mis­sion last week.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil pa­pers, the project will in­volve the “ex­ten­sion to ex­ist­ing park-an­dride fa­cil­ity to sup­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing park­ing pro­vi­sion with as­so­ci­ated ac­cesses (ve­hic­u­lar and pedes­trian), im­prove­ment to the ex­ist­ing junc­tion and in­stal­la­tion of additional light­ing, CCTV and fenc­ing.”

One let­ter of rep­re­sen­ta­tion was sub­mit­ted about the plan, de­tail­ing con­cerns about prox­im­ity to houses.

How­ever, a plan­ning re­port con­cluded: “The additional car park will pro­vide a valu­able re­source for the lo­cal­ity and sat­isfy de­mand which in re­cent years has re­sulted in on street park­ing in the vicin­ity of the sta­tion.

“The new car park will com­pli­ment the lay­out of the two ex­ist­ing car parks and will tie in with the cur­rent drainage ar­range­ments.”

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