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Strathclyde PTA and PTE members 1997/98

Introduction by the Chairman

Statement by the Director General

Service objectives

Statistical summary of service delivery

Environmental policy statement

Passenger rail services


Bus services and school transport

Ferry services and rural transport


Concessionary Travel scheme

Bus stations and infrastructure


Marketing, promotions and information services

Planning and development

Information Technology


External involvement

Personnel and welfare




Planning and Development is responsible for the review and development of policy, for providing advice, research and information on corporate issues, managing projects, and developing and managing corporate strategy. It is also responsible for corporate communications, with Publicity and Marketing a key section within the department

ScotRail closed circuit television

Following the successful development of the closed circuit television (CCTV) demonstration project, a further 19 stations were equipped with similar CCTV installations at the end of 1997/98. SPT successfully obtained CCTV Challenge Funding of £225,000 from The Scottish Office towards the capital cost of the second phase installation.

Stations are monitored from a communications centre, together with the original 13 sites. Any of the 32 stations’ cameras can be viewed by the British Transport Police in their headquarters control room at Cowcaddens, Glasgow, if circumstances arise.

New stations

After a long period with no new stations being opened on the local rail network, work began on construction of a new station at Drumfrochar, Greenock during the year. Feasibility studies were also commissioned for the possible construction of new stations at Jordanhill and Parkhead Forge. The station at Jordanhill would be a relocation of the existing station westwards to a site at Westbrae Drive. Parkhead Forge would be a new station between Bellgrove and Carntyne serving the Forge shopping centre, market, retail park and Celtic Park.

Glasgow Airport and cross city links study

In August 1997 the authority confirmed its support in principle for a heavy rail link to Glasgow Airport and authorised the executive to develop more specific proposals. At the same time the authority also agreed that a detailed analysis would be carried out of the costs and benefits of the three options identified for a cross city link in connection with an airport link.

Following local opposition to the option previously identified as the preferred option for the Airport link – the route via St James, Paisley – it was decided that the scope of the new work would be widened to cover other previously considered rail options, together with the option of a people mover between Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport.

By the end of 1997/98, consultants were about to be appointed to carry out the first study relating to the airport link and the requirement for a cross city link.


The 82 Park-and-Ride sites within the authority (including Underground Park-and-Ride) area have a combined capacity of nearly 5000 spaces, with typical overall occupancy levels at 74 per cent throughout the day.

During the last year "real-time" CCTV monitoring, linked to the communication centre, was installed in a further nine car park sites throughout the authority area.

In conjunction with ScotRail a development study was carried out to produce a strategic framework recommending where effort, money, and promotional activities should be targeted to produce the biggest increase in Park-and-Ride use.

Transport modelling

The transport modelling section, using models which included the Strathclyde Integrated Transport Model (SITM), supported transport planning by providing analysis of proposed transportation schemes such as CrossRail, the Larkhall rail line, re-evaluation of the M74 northern extension and Glasgow southern orbital road, together with a number of smaller projects for SPT, The Scottish Office, and various unitary authorities and other bodies.

The team also liaised with and supported the structure plan teams in Strathclyde to help identify long-term transportation requirements and the most efficient and integrated transport system for the future.


Evaluation of the StrathClyde BusTime system was carried out as part of an EU-funded project called TABASCO (Telematics Applications in Bavaria, Scotland and Others). This project demonstrated various multi-modal transport and travel information systems, allowing drivers and public transport users to make decisions before and during a journey.

SPT’s main partners in TABASCO were Munich and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport, who were developing similar public transport information systems. Both Munich and Glasgow City Council installed real-time information displays at their respective tram and bus stops, while SYPTE developed a system to provide timetable and other public transport information on the internet.

A TV-style display was also installed in Maryhill shopping centre giving BusTime information about local services in each direction. Market research surveys showed a positive response from the public. The vast majority of respondents (95 per cent) considered the information displayed to be beneficial, while 44 per cent said BusTime would encourage them to use the bus more often.

Equality in Transport Committee

The authority decided in April 1997 to establish an Equality in Transport Committee, the only one of its kind in the UK. This step was taken to address equal opportunities issues in the delivery of public transport in order to meet the travel requirements of the entire community – young and older people, women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities. Personal security issues also came within the remit of the committee.

This committee debated the government’s consultations on the Disability Discrimination Act’s vehicle accessibility regulations for buses and taxis. A seminar with disability organisations was organised to talk through these issues.

Planning issues

The section handled a large number of planning applications covering the SPT area and replied to many local plan consultations and reviews, one of the most substantial being for Glasgow which adopted the approach of having one city-wide plan as opposed to the numerous plans then in place.

SPT objected to a proposal for housing development in the east end of Glasgow which breached the solum of a former railway line. The objection was not upheld, despite the issue by the Scottish Office of the draft guidance on planning and transport which encourages planning authorities not to sever rail solums where possible. SPT undertook a study to look at alternative routings for a light rail/tram system if this is required in the future to serve the east of Glasgow.

In January 1998, SPT was represented at the Scottish Reporters Planning Inquiry at Gartcosh which involved detailed discussion on the role and location of a rail station as part of a housing development next to the Glasgow-Cumbernauld rail line. The applicant offered a developer’s contribution to the construction of a rail station if the station were built within the next seven years.

Disability Discrimination Act

Information on the likely effects of the DDA on infrastructure and services was relayed to others in SPT who were looking for guidance when designing, refurbishing and building for example travel centres.

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