Council transforms site of former football training ground into park and ride facility

ADDITIONAL park and ride spaces at Barrhead Railway Station have been created at the site of Arthurlie Junior Football Club’s former training ground.

An investment of £600,000 was secured from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) for the construction of the 50 space car park, which also has capacity for two electric vehicle parking spaces.

The East Renfrewshire project was completed in late 2020 and sits to the west of Dunterlie Park, home of Arthurlie FC. The car park was completed in late 2020 and has environmentally beneficial sustainable urban drainage systems installed.

The local authority said the park and ride extension will improve congestion for Barrhead residents and reduce on-street parking in surrounding streets.

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Tony Buchanan, commented, “We are delighted to have secured this significant amount of funding from SPT which has allowed us to supplement the well-used park and ride facility at Barrhead train station. Existing park and ride at this location was very popular and there was demand for additional space from local residents so I am pleased more of the local community are able to benefit from this facility when commuting. It is an added bonus that we have been able to support our local Junior Football club as part of the project.”

SPT chair, Dr Martin Bartos, added, “Building upon the success of the existing facility, SPT is delighted to support this increase in the number of Park and Ride spaces in Barrhead, which will bring added benefits for users of local rail services. Park and ride facilities offer a more sustainable travel choice for people, and this increased capacity will help encourage more people to switch to rail, reducing the need for longer car journeys.

“We are also proud, as part of this project, to have funded electric vehicle charging points. This will help support the essential switch to electric cars away from greenhouse gas emitting vehicles and make things easier for the growing number of people and businesses taking that step.”