Sta­tion bid moves on

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Shield­muir Sta­tion will fi­nally wel­come a park and ride fa­cil­ity next year.

Last week, preg­nant mum Lisa Sned­don called on a park and ride scheme to be in­stalled af­ter crash­ing her mo­tor into a parked car next to the sta­tion.

She then started a pe­ti­tion which at­tracted more than 200 sig­na­tures. Now House­builder Tay­lor Wim­pey has an­nounced plans to build the car park at the sta­tion in Craigneuk fol­low­ing talks with Nor th La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Work is ex­pected to be­gin in Jan­uary with the project look­ing to be com­pleted by April 2018.

Craigneuk res­i­dents have faced a lon­grun­ning bat­tle to try and get a park and ride fa­cil­ity – with the first pro­pos­als lodged a decade ago at the Range Road site.

Now Tory Coun­cil­lor Nathan Wil­son has wel­comed the plans and be­lieves it is about time.

He said: “Res­i­dents have rightly been very vo­cal about the need for a park and ride at this lo­ca­tion and have worked very hard to try and achieve this.

“It is ex­cel­lent news that Tay­lor Wim­pey has now con­firmed that it will start con­struc­tion in the new year with the aim of hav­ing the park and ride com­pleted by April.

“I have stressed to them that this is a high pri­or­ity for res­i­dents par­tic­u­larly be­cause the pre­vi­ous at­tempts at cre­at­ing a park and ride over the last ten years were ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful.

“It is there­fore crit­i­cal that plans are fol­lowed through to a con­clu­sion.”

De­lighted Nathan Wil­son at Shield­muir Sta­tion

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