The second phase of a multi-million pound project to upgrade Hamilton Bus Station and Interchange is about to get under way.
Work will begin on Monday, November 28th when contractor Bowmer & Kirkland moves onto site.
When complete, the £5.5million project will deliver new, modern passenger facilities for the town’s bus station, and improved interchange with the rail station and taxi services.
The bus operational area will have a new layout with 14 stances for local bus services and three coach stances.
A new operational building containing a ticket office, waiting room and toilets will be the centre of the new-look bus station. Covered walkways will link this building to the local bus and coach stance areas and these will also extend to the rail station and taxi area.
All waiting areas will be enclosed and fitted with automatic doors to provide greater comfort for passengers and information screens showing bus departure and arrival times will be installed.
As a result of the works, existing bus stances have been relocated and information signs have been erected. Flyers also will be circulated to passengers by SPT staff informing them of the changes as well as being made available within the nearby Travel Centre.
SPT Vice Chair Denis McKenna said: “Over three million passengers use this bus station, making it a vital transport hub for the area.
“This is a huge investment and will make a big difference to passengers, who can now look forward to watching the state-of-the-art facilities be put in place.
“The project has been a collaborative approach between SPT and South Lanarkshire Council and we’re delighted to be working with them to deliver a fantastic transport legacy for Hamilton, Lanarkshire and the wider Strathclyde 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.
The council will be responsible for the day to day management of the project with expected minimum disruption to passengers and local neighbours.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Resources Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson, said:
“This is fantastic news for the millions of people who use Hamilton Bus station each year.
“People expect a certain standard of comfort and information when using major bus stations and this upgrade will certainly provide that.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with SPT on such a major project that will benefit so many people throughout South Lanarkshire and beyond.”
Throughout the construction process customers/passengers will be able to use temporary bus stances in Brandon Street, to the west of the existing bus station, and coaches will be redirected to the old MFI car park.
Once completed the new design will keep bus movements separate from general traffic in this part of Hamilton and will provide infrastructure that supports commercial and subsidised bus services for areas in and around Hamilton, Lanarkshire and the wider Strathclyde area.
Full planning permission has been granted.
For more information go to spt.co.uk/hamiltonupgrade