AN investment worth £30,000 by transport bosses to upgrade Greenock Bus Station has been hailed as just the ticket.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) will provide new shelters, raised pavements, illuminated digital real-time information boards and seating at the Nicolson Street stances.


Greenock Telegraph: Local councillor David Wilson, who is chair of the SPT operations committee, has welcomed the cash boost and revamp, saying it is badly-needed.

He said: "In my view it is long overdue. There is no shelter from the elements and in this day and age, if we want to encourage people to use public transport, we must make it as accessible and as comfortable as possible.

"There are no real-time timetable boards and no raised pavements for easy access.

"It is good news for passengers, as that part of the bus station is very dull and drab.

"I am pleased there will be new lighting as well.

"These stances include buses to Larkfield, which is the busiest route in Inverclyde. The 517 to Burns Square runs from here every 12 minutes.

"It is a very important station, a key part of public transport in Inverclyde.

"McGill's have done their bit by putting on so many electric buses on in Inverclyde, especially on Port Glasgow and Larkfield runs, it is important that we do the same.

"We are very fortunate in Inverclyde with the service McGill's provides in our towns, I would say we have the best bus service in the west of Scotland."

Meanwhile SPT chiefs have also agreed to provide seating in West Stewart Street for passengers, something which has been welcomed by ward councillor Graeme Brooks.

Councillor Brooks, who is also Cllr Wilson's substitute on the SPT board, said: "Constituents have been asking for improvements to facilities at the bus station and the investment from SPT is welcomed."

Mr Wilson added: "Councillor Brooks has in the past requested seats for passengers waiting for buses in West Stewart Street and I am pleased to report that SPT intend to put them in at those bus stops."