Construction work at Hamilton Bus Station is ramping up with foundation laying for the new building about to begin.
Work on the second phase of a multi-million pound project began before Christmas and is on schedule.
Contractor Bowmer & Kirkland has cleared the old concrete surface and ground works on drainage and utilities are being carried out.
Around 80% of the site has been fenced off to allow work to take place, with existing bus stances temporarily relocated.
The foundations for the new operational building containing a ticket office, waiting room and toilets are next on the list and will be in place later this month (Feb).
When complete, the £5.5million project will deliver new, modern passenger facilities for the town’s bus station, and improved interchange with the rail station and taxi services.
Covered walkways will link the state-of-the-art station building to the 17 local bus and coach stance areas and also extend to the rail station and taxi area.
All waiting areas will be enclosed and fitted with automatic doors to provide greater comfort for passengers and information screens showing bus departure and arrival times will be installed.
The project has been a collaborative approach between SPT and South Lanarkshire Council and we’re delighted to be working with them to deliver a fantastic transport legacy for Hamilton, Lanarkshire and the wider Strathclyde area.
Denis McKenna, SPT Vice Chairman
SPT Vice Chairman, Councillor Denis McKenna, said: “Over three million passengers use this bus station, making it a vital transport hub for the area.
“The significant investment by SPT is in no small part down to the tireless work of local councillors in the area.
“The project has been a collaborative approach between SPT and South Lanarkshire Council and we’re delighted to be working with them to deliver a fantastic transport legacy for Hamilton, Lanarkshire and the wider Strathclyde area. Passengers will certainly notice a big difference when the new facility is complete.”
The redevelopment is a joint initiative between SPT, which provided £5million to the project, and South Lanarkshire Council, which committed a further £500,000 of funding.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said: “People expect a certain standard of comfort and information when using major bus stations and this upgrade will certainly provide that. We are delighted to be working in partnership with SPT on such a major project that will benefit so many people throughout South Lanarkshire and beyond.”
Throughout the construction process customers/passengers are able to use temporary bus stances in Brandon Street, to the west of the existing bus station, and coaches will be redirected to the old MFI car park.