Thoughtless commuters causing parking headaches in Polmont

Unhappy Graham Mackenzie outside Meadowbank where the driveway has been blocked by commuters' cars
Unhappy Graham Mackenzie outside Meadowbank where the driveway has been blocked by commuters' cars

An elderly woman missed a vital medical appointment after thoughtless commuters parked across her driveway.

Janet Mackenzie (86) and her family have been plagued by parking woes since the bridge at Polmont railway station was closed in January this year.

Station Road was shut to through traffic as part of a £2.25 million project to replace the bridge to allow electrification of the main rail line. Work is due to be completed by the end of October.

However, passengers using the rail service have been parking on the main road and blocking Mrs Mackenzie’s access.

Several cars have already been towed away after police were contacted.

Her son Graham (59) said: “Since the closure we have constantly been faced with indiscriminate parking outside the house. Other properties in Meadowbank can be accessed through the lay-by but this is the only one that you come in off Station Road.

“Last week, my mother couldn’t get out of the house to go to the doctor for an appointment.

“This has been the family home for almost 50 years and there has often been problems with parking and rail passengers but the last few months have been terrible.”

Yesterday (Wednesday), Falkirk Council stepped in.

A spokesperson said: “We were made aware of this issue on Tuesday and have held discussions with Mrs McKenzie’s family to help in any way we can. This has included offering to arrange signage for the driveway to be put up as soon as possible by Network Rail.

“It is the responsibility of drivers to park their cars in a place which is safe and does not obstruct driveways.”