The proposals for a new bus station for Paisley are continuing to move forward with the announcement that Keith Brown MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Transport and Veterans, will visit the proposed site. The visit was instigated by Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, detailing the work that had gone on to develop plans for a bus station for Scotland’s largest town. George has been working closely with interested parties to ensure that the town has a bus station in the future, not least one of the town’s leading businessmen Gary Kerr, Managing Director of EPM Solutions, an asset management and engineering consultancy.
Speaking on the news, George said:
‘I took time during a session of parliament to explain the idea that has been driven by Gary. I have known Gary for a number of years now and he has the interests of the town at his heart. I have met few people that are so driven to help their town in a truly altruistic manner.
‘Using his own time, expertise and resources Gary produced concept plans for the bus station at the empty site behind the empty Arnotts’ store. This would leave potential development around the site for shopping and leisure as well as delivering customers right to the doorstep of Paisley, and the Piazza.
‘We have been in contact with a number of parties to move the project forward, including delivering the site blue print to the council over six months ago. We are determined to move forward with this project in partnership, with others now needing to buy in to the development in the town, including SPT whose role is delivering plans and transport solutions for the west of Scotland.
‘I have listened too to many constituents desiring the establishment of a bus station, and with the vision of Gary and his determination things are moving forward. In order to make progress it is up to all of us to put a bit of effort in. I call on everyone who wants the town to move forward to back the plan.’
Commenting, Gary Kerr said:
‘Anyone that knows me knows my commitment to Paisley. I have been working on a number of projects, the bus station concept is just one of them. I’ve drawn up plans intended to transform Paisley once more into a transport destination and hub with Gilmour Street train station, the M8 motorway and the airport right on our doorstep. It is time to join this up as well as encouraging people to shop and take advantage of the retail and leisure activities that will open up with this development. I appreciate George’s backing for my plans and I am delighted that he has been able to secure some time with the Transport Minister to see the positive vision that we have for Paisley.’