Falkirk Council expects to find out within weeks whether a long-planned car park extension at Falkirk High station can finally proceed.
The local authority earmarked a site in nearby Slamannan Road as the location of an overspill parking area 10 years ago, as the number of passengers commuting from the district to Edinburgh and Glasgow continued to increase.
If it’s going to happen, I wish they would just get on with it. We’ve been waiting yearsPaul Ryan
Since then residents in nearby properties have regularly complained that cars are left outside their homes and blocking driveways as commuters struggle to find a space in the existing car park.
The Falkirk Herald reported in November last year that Falkirk Council had made an application to Network Rail’s Scottish Stations Fund to try to secure a grant to part-pay for the new car park.
A decision is now expected within weeks.
A local authoirty spokesman said: “The application for funding is still being considered by Network Rail and we expect a decision from them by the end of April.
“If the bid is successful, the extension work will be carried out during the current financial year.”
One resident who lives close to Falkirk High is eager for the situation to be resolved. Paul Ryan (41) lives in McKell Court, adjacent to where the new car park would be be built.
“Ideally, we wouldn’t want anything to be built there,” he said. “But if it’s going to happen, I wish they would just get on with it. We’ve been waiting years.
“There is a need for a new car park, but it’s a far from ideal site - I don’t think there will be any step-free access from it to the station, for example.”
Major works planned on Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline this summer
Commuters relying on Falkirk High, Larbert and Polmont stations to get to Edinburgh are bracing themselves for more than a month of disruption to services this summer. The Winchburgh tunnel in West Lothian will be closed from June 13-July 27 to allow installation of power lines as part of a £750 million improvement programme that will deliver faster trains. Services from Falkirk High and Polmont stations to Edinburgh will be diverted via Dalmeny, near South Queensferry. This could mean journey times increase by around 20 minutes and the number of trains stopping at Falkirk stations could be reduced. More information can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk/winchburgh and passengers are urged to allow more time for their normal journey.