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South Lanarkshire Council's Park And Ride
A motorist who regularly uses Uddingston’s Park and Ride facilities insists that it does not have adequate capacity.
The Tannochside resident, had parked his car there on December 22 and went off to Glasgow for a last-minute Christmas shopping trip with his daughters.
However, all the designated spaces were full and he parked on a vacant area of land.
When he returned later that day a fine notice was on the car. He paid the £30 within 14 days, thus avoiding an increase to £60.
The driver appealed the fine on the grounds that there were no yellow lines indicating that parking was forbidden. However, he was told by the council in a response dated December 29 that the authority assumed that drivers are ‘fully aware that they are required to park in marked bays’.
But he said this week his fine and other drivers’ fines could be avoided if the crowded car park is extended.
“People are being encouraged to use public transport, but there aren’t enough bays for the amount of traffic using that car park.
“I was very disappointed about the fine because if I had realised I was causing an offence I wouldn’t have parked the car in that particular spot. I have seen other vehicles parking there in the past.
“There are signs stating that parking outwith parked bays is prohibited, but I hadn’t noticed them as they were at the other end of the station. I think it would be fairer if they made it clearer that an offence is taking place by putting a marker around the perimeter of the car park.”
The issue of drivers parking outside designated bays at Uddingston railway station was raised by Bothwell and Uddingston councillor Anne Kegg at a recent meeting of Uddingston Community Council. She pointed out that parking wardens were in attendance there at least twice a week.
South Lanarkshire head of roads and transportation services Gordon Mackay, said:
“We appreciate that there is more demand for spaces than those available at Uddingston Park and Ride, especially during peak periods.
“We have an excellent track record of introducing, expanding and improving park and ride facilities across South Lanarkshire, thanks to support from our partners at SPT and Network Rail.
“Since South Lanarkshire Council came into being, the number of spaces at Park and Ride facilities has increased by approximately 400 per cent.
“Our Local Transport Strategy identifies a proposed improvement at Uddingston.”
Network Rail, which owns the car park, said they are looking at car park provision there along with their partners. A spokesman said: “We are aware of the situation at the Park and Ride car park at Uddingston railway station. We are working with the council and SPT to see what can be done by way of extending car park provision there.”