Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 19:21 on 11 November 2015
COMMUTERS who regularly travel via Cumbernauld’s dilapidated bus stances on Central Way will soon start to see the beginning of a multi-million pound regeneration project.
Allan Graham, a Labour Councillor for Cumbernauld South, and the Chairman of the town’s Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Limited board presented members of Cumbernauld Community Forum with an update of the project at the group’s latest meeting, earlier this week.
Discussing the project with attendees, the Councillor stressed that the Campsies company board regularly put “political differences” aside, with the ultimate aim amongst members being to “work for Cumbernauld.”
Mr Graham, a resident of Cumbernauld since 1962, informed Forum attendees that the project to improve what he labelled Cumbernauld’s “minging” bus stances will be completed in under two years, if everything goes according to plan.
The Cumbernauld South Councillor informed the meeting that Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Limited would be investing around £2million in what will be the board’s flagship improvement project.
Asked about the possibility of a bus station for the town, Mr Graham said he felt Cumbernauld “missed its opportunity” for such a development, explaining that “there is simply no space for a bus station in the town centre.”
The Labour man’s comments come after an update in September, when explained his hopes that the project could be completed within 18 months, and contribute to a variety of other town centre improvements.
Speaking to Cumbernauld Media at the time, Councillor Graham said a Campsies board meeting later in September would hopefully sure up some of the details and lead to detailed plans and designs shortly.
Stephen Hill, Property and Asset Manager for Belgate Estates, one of the firms involved with Hamcap (Cumbernauld) LLP, the partnership company which owns Cumbernauld town centre explained that the centre’s owners are “very keen to see investment” in the bus stances – investment which looks set to come soon.
Strathclyde Passenger Transport says that they have provided North Lanarkshire Council with grant funding so that the project can start next year.
A spokesperson for SPT said: “SPT has grant funded North Lanarkshire Council to advance design works for refurbishing the existing facilities at Cumbernauld Town Centre Bus Station, with the refurbishment scheduled to begin in mid-2016.
“Initial design works have already been undertaken. Consultation with all interested parties will follow, with detailed design expected to take place later in the year.
“We’re confident that the environment for passengers at Cumbernauld will be significantly improved when these works are complete,” they added.
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