Where are all the people?

More than four months after its grand opening, the overflow car park at Patterton station remains empty.

The 135-space car park was funded at a cost of £850,000 and opened in September in an effort to get local people to leave their cars at home when they travel into Glasgow.

At the time, SPT vice-chair David Fagan said: “We know from experience that developing park and ride sites like this one at Patterton are crucial because they are what (people) want”.

But at mid-day on Tuesday, the car park lay empty except for a solitary vehicle.

Local resident Laurence Edwards (49) complained: “It’s a complete waste of money. I run past there most days but I have yet to see anybody park there”.

Meanwhile, nearby Whitecraigs car park continues to be heavily oversubscribed and the council has leafleted these cars in an effort to spread the use to Patterton.

ERC environment convener councillor Eddie Phillips told The Extra: “The site will come into its own when Greenlaw develops.

“But we need a culture change, people shouldn’t be driving into work in Glasgow when we have a train right there that takes you into town in 15 minutes.

“It causes more strain on the roads and the environment”.

An SPT spokeswoman added:“In partnership with the council, Patterton was identified as an opportunity to help reduce traffic on the busy commuter routes into Glasgow”.

However, local roads continue to feel the strain of traffic.

Glasgow city Ccuncil’s roads have been named as the worst in Britain by fixmystreet.com — a website which reports and documents local issues.

ERC meanwhile has announced that £342,000 will be made available to try to get the area’s roads back into shape.

Half of the funding is contributed by the Scottish government with the remainder being funded by the council.

Mr Phillips argues that this step is not enough.

He added: “It’s a start but the roads need to be resurfaced. It is a crucial in getting people into work as part of the regeneration of the country.

“We need more help from the Scottish and UK government”.

Conservative councillor Jim Swift has warned the council “we either act soon or be left with a savage bill we can’t afford”.

“Sufficient maintenance has been abandoned for more than 10 years.

“The roads are deteriorating at such a rate that patching and resurfacing will become insufficient and nothing short of wholesale rebuilding will be required”.