Sep 24 2009 by George Topp, Lanark & Carluke
RAIL users in Carluke are set to benefit from a £2 million plan to develop a new park-and-ride facility in the town.
The boost came at a meeting of South Lanarkshire Council’s planning committee, where a detailed application was approved for a site in the town’s Station Road.
South Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) are to jointly fund the project that will create 329 parking spaces, including six disabled, adjacent to the railway station.
The plan will also see the installation of improved lighting, CCTV and cycle storage lockers and will create a defined pedestrian ramp between the car park and station.
The council are in the process of acquiring the 1.9 hectare site to provide a solution to the limited capacity of the current car park, which in turn was causing problems for residential neighbours and blocking a bus turning area.
It is hoped that initial engineering works can start on site by November with the project completed by March next year.
Councillor Graham Scott, chairman of the planning committee, said: “The current parking situation at Carluke railway station actually prevents many who could use the train from doing so and this is clearly a situation which needed to be resolved.
“This proposal is a forward-thinking one that has come about through the determination of the council, and SPT, to provide a park and ride facility which is fit for purpose.
“This has meant considerable investment both of time and money in acquiring and developing the most suitable site.
“This plan is good news not just for rail users but for Carluke and its neighbouring towns and villages.
“It marks a major improvement to the transport infrastructure and significantly improves the travel options for residents of the rural area.”
South Lanarkshire councillor Davie McLachlan added: “SPT has blazed a trail for park-and-ride and working with our partners we have delivered 5000 park-and-ride spaces across our patch.
“It is a simple but effective solution to the frustration associated with the daily commute by car.
“Park-and-ride can be more cost effective for commuters, is better for the environment, and can be a lot less stressful.”
As part of the proposal, traffic lights will be installed at the bridge under the railway to manage traffic movement.
Additionally the impact on the junction of Station Road and Kirkton Road will be monitored once the new park and ride is up and running with improvements carried out as necessary.