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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has welcomed South Lanarkshire Council’s efforts to help make a station car park for Carstairs Junction train station become a reality.

Aileen Campbell, who has been a strong campaigner for improved rail services in Clydesdale, wrote to the council after additional rail services at Carluke and Carstairs were announced, to urge the local authority to examine all possibilities for a station car park at Carstairs Junction.

In their reply to Ms Campbell, the council confirmed that a potential location for a station car park has been identified and ?50,000 of funding secured to undertake detailed design work and land acquisition. It is hoped that further funding can be acquired to enable the car park to be constructed in 2014/15.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"I am really pleased that the council is working hard towards providing better parking facilities at Carstairs Junction station.

"After additional rail services for Clydesdale were confirmed, I wrote to the council to ask that all options for parking facilities at Carstairs were examined to help widen access to rail services for my constituents.

"In their reply, the council explained that they have identified a potential location for a station car park and secured ?50,000 of funding from SPT to undertake detailed design work and land acquisition. They also added that they hope to secure a further ?300,000 from SPT to fund the construction of the car park in 2014/15.

"If successful, this investment could bring numerous benefits to Clydesdale passengers, especially for those who live in the eastern and southern part of the constituency. I will be assisting the council in any way I can to help ensure Carstairs Junction gets a station car park."

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