Construction has started on a £2.2million SPT-supported transport hub for commuters in the south east of Glasgow.
SPT has contributed £1million to the project, which will see a total of 445 parking spaces, including 23 for disabled users, created in the 2.7 hectare site at Hangingshaw Place, Hampden.
Improvements will also be made to existing bus facilities and services on the Aikenhead Road bus corridor, including four new bus stances and a bus shelter that will show real time passenger information.
SPT Chair Jonathan Finlay said: “SPT has long championed the development of Park and Ride sites across Strathclyde – in fact it is one of our most successful strategies.
“We believe that providing car parking spaces in the right place can positively change travel behaviour and encourage public transport use.”
We all have a duty to work towards a more sustainable future and Park and Ride facilities like this are a fantastic way of reducing our carbon footprint and easing city centre traffic.
Stephen Scott, Raynesway Construction’s Managing Director
Funding for the scheme has come from SPT, Glasgow City Council and Hampden Park Ltd.
A transport survey carried out last year showed there was a demand locally for a Park and Ride facility.
Councillor Jim Coleman said: “One of the council’s aims is to provide a sustainable transport infrastructure and in doing so encourage more people to ditch the car and use public transport for some journeys.
“This new transport hub offers an opportunity to reduce traffic travelling by improving public transport links to and from the city centre.
“Through consultation we’ve taken account of the views of residents and added to our plans to ensure that the local community is happy with the new amenity.”
Outside of commuting hours the car park will also be used for visitors attending events in the national stadium at Hampden Park.
It is also hoped the site will help reduce on street parking and ease the flow of traffic around the stadium during major events.
The facility will be first used for spectator parking for Olympic Games football matches later this year. It will also be used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when athletics events will be staged in the stadium.
Peter Dallas, managing director of Hampden Park Ltd, said: “We are very pleased with the proposed improvements to the landscaping at Hangingshaw which will improve the spectator experience for those arriving at the north east of the stadium.”
Raynesway Construction’s Managing Director Stephen Scott added: “We all have a duty to work towards a more sustainable future and Park and Ride facilities like this are a fantastic way of reducing our carbon footprint and easing city centre traffic.”