Bus station set for major spruce-up

Cumbernauld bus station could be set for dramatic new look - see artist's impression, below
Cumbernauld bus station could be set for dramatic new look - see artist's impression, below

CUMBERNAULD Bus Station could be set for a dramatic new look if ambitious proposals go ahead.

The overhaul is part of an improvements package for the beleagured amenity which has attracted a barrage of criticism in recent years – amid claims that it gives bus passengers a poor impression of the town in general.

Artist's impression of how bus station could look

Artist's impression of how bus station could look

Although there have been frequent calls for a revamp, this has never materialised - but now the public is being asked to contribute to a consultation process which will allow them to have their say about the plans.

North Lanarkshire Council is in contact with the same firm that transformed the Craiglinn Roundabout, with a view to fully illuminating the bus station in a similar highly distinctive fashion.

Another firm which has lit up monuments in Glasgow city centre with coloured floodlights is also on board.

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council confirmed “We have engaged lighting designers Lightfolio and Bigg Design to develop lighting for Central Way at the main bus stops, to improve safety.

“Directional and ‘welcoming’ signage is also being installed at the bus stances.

“These proposals are part of a range of improvements planned for Central Way in Cumbernauld by the council and its partners, from the removal and replacement of the bridge crossing Central Way to drainage works, new street lighting columns and installation of a higher railing down the centre of the roadway.

“Consultation on the lighting concepts is ongoing.

“Displays in place at Cumbernauld College and Cumbernauld Library will run until Friday, November 25. A presentation and discussion on the proposals will also take place at the Cumbernauld Community Forum meeting on Tuesday, December 13.”

He added: “This consultation will go a long way towards ensuring that the views of local people are taken into account when finalising the proposals.”

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