A COMMUTER car park built to ease congestion in residential streets has been lying nearly empty since it opened weeks ago.
Streets around the train station are still clogged up every day by commuters’ cars, despite West Lothian Council spending £390,000 on the new 77-space car park next to Linlithgow Sports Club to solve the problem following complaints from fed-up residents.
However, there are no sign posts to guide commuters to park there and they won’t be put in place until mid-April according to the council, which is urging drivers to “park responsibly”.
But in the meantime residents in Clarendon Road, Manse Road, Strawberry Bank and Royal Terrace are still plagued by scores of cars outside their homes.
Linlithgow community councillor Jack Thompson, who lives in Clarendon Road, said residents there were also still waiting on a traffic order being placed by the council in the street banning motorists from parking.
He added: “I haven’t seen any additional signs about the new car park and the problem is something the community council is monitoring, it’s on our agenda.
“The last time I looked there was only 28 cars parked but we have had dreadful problems. Royal Terrace is pretty bad too.
“We are watching the situation carefully and I personally think it needs additional signposting.”
One check this week by the Journal and Gazette counted just ten cars on Monday lunchtime - a time when the car park should have been busy, and nine on the day our photographer visited.
A council spokesman said: “The car park is around ten minutes walk from the train station and is a good alternative for commuters who can’t get into the station car parks. Signage will be erected by the middle of April to alert drivers to the car park.
“The new car park has been publicised in the Journal and Gazette.
On Monday, March 27, there were around 25 cars using the car park which is good news and shows that the word is getting around that there is an alternative.
“We would urge commuters to leave a little more time for their journey and to park responsibly.”
The council said the cost of the car park includes improvements to the cycle path network in the area and it is pursuing “a number of parking and transport initiatives in Linlithgow”.