PARKING fees will come into effect at Pollok Country Park in Glasgow ahead of the reopening of the Burrell Collection.
Motorists will be charged for parking in the areas near the Burrell Collection and the Pollok House and the charges will be in place from Monday March 7.
Parking charges are to be introduced by Glasgow City Council and coincide with an expected increase in visitors to the park on the city’s south side as the famous Burrell Collection prepares to reopen after a $69million refurbishment of pounds sterling.
Parking fees have been in effect for some time at other tourist attractions in the city, including the Riverside Museum of Transport and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Charges will apply from 10am to 6pm Monday to Sunday and will be £2.50 for four hours; £4.50 all day. Car parks at Kelvingrove Museum and Riverside Museum cost £1.60 per hour for the first five hours; £10 all day.
The Burrell Collection is set to reopen in March
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Council bosses say motorists will still be able to park on the grounds in designated car parks, but are encouraging people to consider more sustainable modes of transport to get to the park.
A free shuttle bus will also be available and will link key points in the Burrell Collection park with Pollok House, which is operated by the National Trust for Scotland.
With rail links from the town center to Pollokshaws West and plans to improve cycle routes to Pollok Country Park, it is hoped people will rethink their travel plans to the location with alternatives to driving.
One of the free shuttle bus stops will be located just inside the park near the Pollokshaws Road entrance and will continue on a loop throughout the park. Cars will also be prohibited from crossing the tree-lined avenue that connects the Burrell and Pollok houses and it is hoped that this will provide a better experience for people discovering the park. However, there is provision in all of this for blue badge parking.
Planning permission for the active travel plan was granted in November 2020 and included the electric shuttle service and changes to entry and exit routes.
Parking fees are already in place at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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It aimed to encourage park users to come either by public transport or on foot or by bicycle as part of an active management of travel.
A new car park will be located on the edge of Pollok Country Park as part of the Active Travel Management scheme with a new entrance formed at the existing junction of Haggs Road with Shawmoss Road.
The parking lot, which will include 20 bicycle spaces, will be created on a former hockey pitch in Nether Pollok.
A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: ‘As part of the reopening of the Burrell Collection, there has been a tremendous amount of work done to improve the visitor experience at Pollok Country Park.
“Feedback from park users has clearly identified car traffic and parking as a problem in Pollok Country Park and the new layouts in the park seek to address these issues.
“The park is closed to through traffic to allow the central avenue to become more pedestrian-friendly and we hope visitors will use a free electric shuttle to access the main tourist attractions in the park.
“A pick up point for the shuttle bus at the entrance to the park will be a few meters from nearby Pollokshaws West station.”
The spokesperson pointed out that parking will still be available next to the Burrell but that parking fees will be applied to manage the use of these spaces.
He added: “The use of parking fees is intended to encourage visitors to use the sustainable means of transport available to get to the park.”
The Herald is currently leading a campaign to create I Remember: Scotland’s Covid Memorial.
Glasgow City Council generously accepted the offer to house the memorial within the grounds of the park. The £233,500 project is proposed to involve several focal points all linked by the idea of a memorial walk.