Driver fumes over damage to car

Uddingston railway station car park
Uddingston railway station car park

A young mum is fuming after her car was vandalised three times when she parked it near a train station on her way to work.

Amanda McGuire says she faces a bill of hundreds of pounds and it’s all down to restrictions on parking at Uddingston station.

She was forced to park in a nearby housing estate because a recent crackdown by South Lanarkshire Council means there are no spaces at the station when she arrives in the morning.

Ms McGuire said her Ford Fiesta was scratched three times in a week after she left it in Rosefield Gardens.

She takes the train to Glasgow after dropping off her daughter at school. Generally she got a space at the station because although it’s busy 20-30 drivers were parking outside bays, freeing up spaces.

However, that changed in August when the council put up a notice warning about fines for not parking in marked bays.

Ms McGuire was shocked to find scratches on her six months old car which she says wasn’t causing an obstruction in the quiet street.

She said: “I feel helpless as I’m unable to get to the station any earlier to get parked. I live in Tannochside so the 25-minute walk is not an option and there are parking restrictions on Main Street.

“People are encouraged to use public transport, but I need to be able to leave my car somewhere safe.”

Ms McGuire criticised the council for cracking down on drivers in the station car park, saying: “There was plenty of space for people parking outside the bays. They weren’t causing an obstruction and I think the council is simply trying to make money out of drivers.”

However, the council rejected that claim. Gordon Mackay, head of roads and transportation, said: “Buses dropping off passengers use the road through the car park to turn. Vehicles parking outside the marked bays have caused problems for the buses, resulting in them having to reverse within the car park which is not safe and is undesirable.

“Vehicles parking on the footways mean pedestrians have to walk on the road and this blocks the sight lines for drivers negotiating the car park.

“These issues were brought to our attention and the car park was regulated to address them.”

Mr Mackay added there are no plans to expand the car park to cope with the heavy demand.