Green light given for new park and ride

WORK on Bellshill’s new park and ride facility for rail travellers is finally to get under way in the next few weeks.

The plan to build the £500,000 facility, being funded through Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s capital programme, was first unveiled last year.

But the project was delayed when work on the site in Hamilton Road, formerly occupied by the British Legion club, revealed contaminated material.

However that has now been cleared and the tendering process for the construction work being undertaken by North Lanarkshire Council is almost completed.

The new facility, which will have space for up to 150 vehicles, is intended to compliment the decision taken in 2009 to choose Bellshill, rather than Uddingston, as a stopping point for a new hourly express train service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh which was launched in December that year.

It is also hoped that the facility will help alleviate the pressure on parking spaces and boost trade in Bellshill town centre.

For full story see March 17 edition of Bellshill Speaker