Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) will begin work on the redevelopment of Partick bus station in the west end of Glasgow on 16 October, with the bus station closed for approximately nine months. Works are expected to be complete by summer 2018.
The comprehensive work will include an increase to the number of bus stands, which SPT says are badly needed to meet the growing number of passengers using the station, which adjoins a surface rail and Subway station. Preliminary works in advance of the main works will begin at the station shortly but initially bus services will not be affected.
The new bus stands will be accompanied by improved waiting areas for passengers with integrated lighting, closed-circuit television, seating and real-time passenger information.
SPT says the new design will allow a much better flow of traffic through the interchange, segregating bus operations away from other vehicles, and separating pedestrians from the bus manouvring area.
SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan says: “Partick Interchange is a major connecting hub for journeys across Strathclyde and beyond. Passengers using rail, Subway and bus facilities have increased considerably over the past couple of years with the Glasgow Harbour and Clyde waterfront development, as well as the opening of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
“The development of a new bus station is vital for future growth and to deliver improved access to employment, education, retail and leisure as well as act as a catalyst to wider regional economic development.”
The interchange facility is used by approximately 2.8million rail passengers and just under 1million Subway passengers per year. The bus station patronage has experienced significant increase in recent years, with up to 42 westbound services per hour at peak times.
SPT chair Martin Bartos adds: “SPT has made significant investment in recent years on major improvements to the rail and Subway elements of Partick Interchange, and we now need to ensure that the bus area is of a similar high standard, with much improved facilities for all passengers.”
During the construction works, temporary arrangements for bus services and bus stops will be made available on nearby Dumbarton Road. This work is being planned and managed in conjunction with Glasgow City Council to minimise the disruption to other road users, local residents and the significant number of passengers who currently use the bus station.