Residents of Station Road and commuters alike have a reason to celebrate this week. Blantyre Railway Station officially opened their new car park, DOUBLING the capacity for cars to park and ride at Blantyre.
Over the last decade especially , the Blantyre Station carpark was filled to capacity every day with commuters sometimes parking , at times inconsiderately at resident’s driveways and along Station Road, already a busy thoroughfare in Blantyre.
The £325,000 project – funded by SPT – was approved by the council’s Planning Committee with work now completed at vacant ground just after the Village Bar, Station Road. The new carpark which opened this week features 60 additional car parking spaces. As well as additional parking, the new development will provide better street lighting, CCTV and cycle racks.
Michael McGlynn, the council’s Head of Planning and Building Standards, 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.”
Residents of Station Road should now see a marked reduction in parked vehicles in the street now that nearby vehicle space for 114 cars are available for the station.