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SPT invests £325k to boost Blantyre Park and Ride

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and South Lanarkshire are set to boost the capacity of the Park and Ride facility at Blantyre Railway station – doubling the number of Park and Ride spaces available.

SPT has committed to providing £325,000 from its 2014/15 Capital Budget to extend the existing Park and Ride site at Blantyre by 60 spaces.

Plans for this extension were approved by South Lanarkshire Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 26 August.

The new spaces will be created on an area of vacant land on Station Road. Work is scheduled to kick off in the coming months.

As well as additional parking, the new development will provide enhanced street lighting, CCTV and cycle racks.

The new facility could be open to the public by early 2015.

SPT Director of Projects, Charles Hoskins, said: “Sites like Blantyre have proven vital in helping improve local public transport networks. It is great news that this work has been given the green light and we look forward to seeing the new enhanced facility next year.

“SPT has led the way in providing Park and Ride solutions which have been a huge success. The facilities make commuting easier and encourage passengers to leave the car behind for part of their journey. That’s in no small part due to the fact that we continue to deliver strategic transport solutions like this in partnership with our local authorities.”

Michael McGlynn, Head of Planning and Building Standards, South Lanarkshire Council said: “A Park and Ride facility with 54 spaces was initially created at the station in 2004. In the decade since, however, the number of trains serving Blantyre Station has doubled and passenger numbers have more than doubled.

“This increase in passenger numbers, although welcome, has consequently put additional pressure on parking capacity.

“This proposal – funded by SPT and to be constructed and managed by the Council – will go a long way to boosting options for travellers using Blantyre for work and leisure. The Council has been particularly active on this front in recent years, offering genuine alternatives for commuters at the same time.”