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SPT Vice Chair hails ‘vital’ £620,000 bus station revamp

Bus station revamp

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s £620,000 refurbishment of Port Glasgow Bus Station is a “vital step” in improving access to the town centre and revitalising the area, Vice Chair Denis McKenna said today (Monday, 21st January).

Councillor McKenna was joined at the official reopening of the bus station by Council leader Stephen McCabe and Inverclyde Council’s environment and regeneration convener, Councillor Michael McCormick.

The improvements will enhance access to the centre of Port Glasgow, boost safety at key pedestrian crossings around the station and ease congestion in the area.”

SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna

The £620,000 revamp, which took three months and was completed a month ahead of schedule, was financed by SPT via grant funding to Inverclyde Council.

Councillor McKenna said:

“I’m delighted that SPT was able to fund this vital refurbishment. The improvements will enhance access to the centre of Port Glasgow, boost safety at key pedestrian crossings around the station and ease congestion in the area.

“It’s hugely impressive that this work was completed four weeks ahead of schedule, and I’d like to pay tribute to the professionalism of all those who helped deliver this important project.”

Key improvements made as part of the refurbishment include:

  • The installation of replacement bus shelters, with full disabled access to fully comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.
  • Additional seating and extra protection from the weather for bus users while they access the shopping and leisure facilities in the town centre.
  • A new pelican crossing opposite Donnachies Bar on Scarlow Street, a pedestrian crossing place by the monument on Fore Street and a simplified layout of bus stops.
  • Roads which have suffered from the weight of buses have been reconstructed, while Scarlow Street has been widened at the well-known ‘pinch point’ outside Donnachie’s Bar.

SPT Partnership member Councillor Wilson added:

“This is a hugely important project, which will not only benefit those using the bus station, but the Port Glasgow community as a whole. By making access to the centre of town easier, we can attract more visitors to the shopping centre and leisure facilities and stimulate the local economy.”

Cllr McCormick also praised the improved access to the town centre, adding: “This critical work has built disabled access into the fabric of the improved bus station.”

Pictured above: SPT Vice Chair Cllr Denis McKenna with Bert Hendry of McGills and Cllrs Michael McCormick and Stephen McCabe.