Lenzie station parking plan hits the buffers

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AMBITIOUS plans to free-up congested streets around a busy train station have hit a dead end.

The roads around Lenzie train station are used on a daily basis by commuters - leading to householders being left with a headache when they try to park outside their own homes on weekdays.

A year ago there were hopes that an end was in sight for the problems - when the council announced a £340,000 improvement project to address the issues.

A full public consultation was carried out on plans to provide 54 extra car parking spaces at the station and introduce two-hour parking limits in the surrounding area.

It was also decided to create a “village-type centre” by introducing traffic calming measures, narrow Kirkintilloch Road and widen the shopping parade at the station.

But a year later, other than changed road markings and a sign to highlight the scheme, little appears to have been done.

Last week council chiefs admitted they had put a hold on the parking plans to consider the effects of decriminalisation of parking, which will see responsibility for parking management transferred from Strathclyde Police to the local authority.

Now frustrated householders are asking whether the parking situation will ever be improved.

One resident, who lives in Alexandra Avenue, said: “They’ve been coming up with all sorts of solutions for years, but never seem to deliver anything apart from hot air.

“It seems ridiculous that more houses are being built everywhere, which will just make the situation worse, but nothing is being done to deal with the hundreds more commuters who will be moving to Lenzie.”

East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of development and infrastructure, Derek Cunningham, said: “The majority of the Lenzie Traffic Management Scheme is now complete, but the plans for the introduction of more parking spaces at Lenzie train station have required to be put on hold, as the council needs to review its parking strategy in conjunction with the decriminalisation of parking enforcement.”

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