£1 Million Transport Investment at Hamilton International Technology Park
Transport operator First Bus is to launch two new bus services to Hamilton International Technology Park, an investment of £1 million to boost accessibility ahead of University of West of Scotland opening.
University of West of Scotland (UWS) is set to open its new campus this September, and will welcome a student population of 4,000 and 300 staff, with significant numbers expected to regularly use the service. Hamilton International Technology Park has enjoyed successful commercial bus routes for many years and the improved transport links proposed will provide occupiers with even more opportunities to use sustainable transport options.
The new bus services, which will operate with branded UWS double decker buses have additional features including leather seats with built in USB ports and free wi-fi.
Two services will operate, the first; up to every 10 minutes between Hamilton Bus Station, Hamilton West and UWS Lanarkshire campus providing a frequent link with most other bus and rail services in the area.
The second will provide a direct service between East Kilbride Bus Station and the new campus.
The new UWS campus (known as EcoCampus) was developed and constructed by HFD Group and is the final development on one of the UK’s most successful Enterprise Zones. Over the last 20 years, HFD have successfully developed 14 buildings on Hamilton International Technology Park attracting new businesses including Scottish Power (2 buildings), John Lewis, Centrica, Babcock Rail (2 buildings), and now the University of the West of Scotland. UWS will increase the population of the park from its current 6,300 to over 11,000.
EcoCampus was the UK’s first speculative ‘Carbon Neutral’ office development, powered by 100% renewable energy, secured by way of an innovative Power Purchase Agreement from High Blantyre Muir wind farm (just 4 miles away). The building also benefits from rainwater harvesting and highly energy efficient fittings; most recently EcoCampus has added a solar panel array to the roof as part of the ‘Street’ atrium extension completed for UWS.
Hamilton International Technology Park is located within Scotland’s central belt, with access to M8, M74 and M77. Making Hamilton International Technology Park a central location for UWS and all other occupiers located on the park.
Matt Bellshaw, Property Director at HFD Property Group, said; "HFD has a long pedigree of delivering sustainable transport solutions to our development and links at Hamilton International Park have been improving steadily for the last 15 years. Commercial viability is key and the introduction of the First Bus service is an endorsement of the ethos, which will encourage more people to opt for environmentally sustainable public transport."
The new bus services are expected to commence from early September to coincide with the opening of the campus. The investment and partnership will offer students, staff and anyone working at the park additional sustainable and even more convenient public transport options.