Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) officially opened the £1.4million new Greenock Bus Station today (Wednesday 20 October) with a simple ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The project gives Greenock a state-of-the-art bus station with eight new stances on Kilblain Street and another five on Nicholson Street.
Councillor David Wilson, Inverclyde’s representative with SPT said he was delighted to declare the facility now open.
He said: “People are using buses more and more in Inverclyde both within the area and on the regular services to and from Glasgow. The brand new bus station will complement the modern bus fleet we have operating and will enhance the regeneration we are seeing in Greenock town centre. We have a very good relationship with SPT and this significant investment reflects their commitment to Greenock and Inverclyde.”
The new layout improves passenger circulation areas through clearly defined pedestrian walkways and helps separate passengers from the bus operational areas. The extensive use of glass makes the passenger waiting areas light and spacious. Electronic passenger information screens give travellers information about bus arrivals and departures.
Greenock Bus Station will be operated and maintained by SPT. Like other modern transport facilities, the site is covered by a closed circuit television system. Cameras are installed inside and outside passenger waiting areas to provide added public reassurance about personal safety and deter anti-social behaviour.
SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said: “We are committed to driving up service standards for bus passengers across the region so completing the regeneration of Greenock Bus Station is an important part of that plan.”
“More journeys are taken by bus in Inverclyde than any other mode of transport. For this reason, providing quality infrastructure to support these vital services is an important part of SPT’s role as a regional transport partnership.”
Inverclyde Council also funded improvements to Nicholson Street as part of the project. New bus shelters have been installed at the five bus stances. Road and footpath surfaces and street lighting have been renewed.
Convener of Safe, Sustainable Communities Councillor Robert Moran said: “The new bus station is very welcome and I know it will improve the quality of journeys for passengers in Inverclyde. We want to encourage more people to use public transport to help the environment and a brand new bus station with high quality facilities will help significantly.”