Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) today (Friday 26 February) approved the delivery of the first phase of a multi-million pound project to upgrade Hamilton Bus Station and Interchange.
When completed in 2012, the project will deliver new, modern passenger facilities for the town’s bus station, and improved interchange with the rail station and taxi services. The bus operational area will have a new layout with 14 stances for local bus services and three coach stances.
A new operational building containing a ticket office, waiting room and toilets will be the centre of the new-look bus station. Covered walkways will link this building to the local bus and coach stance areas. These will also extend to the rail station and taxi stances.
All waiting areas will be enclosed and fitted with automatic doors to provide greater comfort for passengers. Information screens showing bus departure and arrival times will be installed at each stance.
The project is now subject to a 12-week period of public consultation, prior to the submission of a planning application. A local exhibition and public meeting are planned and full details will be advertised in the local media.
The results of the consultation will help shape the detailed design of the new facilities and the phased implementation, before the formal planning application is submitted.
The new design will keep bus movements separate from general traffic in this part of Hamilton. It will also allow integration with nearby rail, bus and taxi services to enable travellers to join up journeys by public transport.
Orchard Street will become a two-way street as part of the first phase of work. Temporary bus stance facilities will need to be created to ensure bus services continue to operate normally throughout the construction period. Details will be published following consultation with the public, customers and bus operators.
SPT Vice Chair Councillor David Fagan said: “I am delighted that partnership working between South Lanarkshire Council and SPT has created the outline plan to upgrade Hamilton bus station.
“It’s vital we continue to invest in improving facilities for bus passengers. Two out of three public transport journeys in this area are taken by bus.
“SPT will provide £1.25 million in the coming financial year to South Lanarkshire Council for the first phase of enabling works. We’re developing the phasing of these works to make sure there is minimal disruption to passengers, bus operators, local residents and businesses.
“I believe this long awaited project will deliver a much improved travel experience for passengers and look forward to its completion.”
Head of Regeneration Services at South Lanarkshire Council, Jim McCaffer, said: “The upgrading of Hamilton Bus Station is fantastic news and will provide a new, modern, fit-for-purpose facility.
“There are still several stages to go through, the first of which will be a public consultation during which time we want to hear from as many people as possible.
“We are extremely grateful to SPT for this investment in the heart of Hamilton and are delighted at the opportunity to project manage this upgrading on their behalf.”