Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) officially marked the opening of the new Hamilton Bus Station, a key transport hub in South Lanarkshire today (Thursday 14th March), after a £5.5m rebuild.
Representatives from SPT and the local council were on hand to cut a red ribbon on the multi-million pound infrastructure project.
SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna said:
“I’m delighted to officially open the bus station today. It is no small thanks to the significant investment and the continued partnership between SPT and SLC that over three million annual passengers will now benefit from a truly state-of-the-art transport facility.
Passengers are already telling us they like the new modern look and finding it much easier to move from bus to rail.”
SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna
“The station is a vital transport hub for the people of Hamilton and beyond, so it is absolutely right that it was given an upgrade of this scale. It’s great news that it is delivered on time and within budget.
“Passengers are already telling us they like the new modern look and finding it much easier to move from bus to rail. The overall improvements will make a big difference to the wider area.”
The redevelopment is a joint initiative between SPT, which provided £5million to the project, and South Lanarkshire Council, which committed a further £500,000 of funding.
Key aspects of the revamp include a new operational building containing a ticket office, waiting room and toilets and an efficient bus operations system which separates buses from other traffic.
The extensive use of glass makes the passenger waiting areas light and spacious and the modern passenger facilities also include enclosed waiting areas fitted with automatic doors to provide greater comfort. Electronic passenger information screens give travellers information about bus arrivals and departures.
Covered walkways link the state-of-the-art station building to the 17 local bus and coach stance areas and also extend to the rail station and taxi area.
Councillor Chris Thompson Chair of SLC’s Enterprise Resources Committee said:
“It is fantastic that this bus station redevelopment has been completed to such a high standard and as the result of working closely with our partners SPT.
“Customers expect a certain standard of comfort and information when using major bus stations and this upgrade delivers that and much more. I’m delighted to have been involved with such an important project. I’m sure it will benefit many people throughout South Lanarkshire and beyond.”
Graham Ross, Partner at architects Austin-Smith: Lord said:
“Austin-Smith: Lord is delighted to have been involved in the reconfiguration of Hamilton Bus Station for SPT and SLC. The project provides an enhanced passenger experience with a safe station environment that separates, where possible, pedestrian and vehicles. Passenger comfort and facilities have been improved in line with SPT’s promotion of sustainable public transport provision. We hope that the new Bus Station encourages increased patronage of the local public transport network and enhances access to the town centre.”
A spokesperson for contractor Bowmer & Kirkland added:
“The redevelopment of Hamilton Bus Station is a significant investment for the area and Bowmer & Kirkland are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with SLC and SPT to deliver this prestigious project.”