Bishopbriggs rail link proposal gathers steam

Cllr Anne McNair and Cllr Gordon Low next to Aviva, Westerhill Road in Bishopbriggs 29.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllr Anne McNair and Cllr Gordon Low next to Aviva, Westerhill Road in Bishopbriggs 29.10.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

LET’S start a campaign to win a railway park and ride service in Bishopbriggs.

That’s the plea as Network Rail asks communities for their views on where improvements can be made on the Edinbrugh-Glasgow route.

Bishopbriggs North and Torrance councillor Anne McNair believes Westerhill, in Bishopbriggs is “ideal” for a rail stop and park and ride.

She raised the possibility at a recent presentation to East Dunbartonshire councillors by Network Rail about the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Plan (EGIP).

Councillor McNair said: “I had highlighted the success of the park and ride facility at Croy and the huge demand across East Dunbartonshire for similar facilities.

“While a new rail halt at Westerhill had always previously been ruled out, amazingly the response this time from Network Rail was that a number of extra stations had been added to the new Airdrie/Bathgate line in response to strong local campaigns.

“Councillor McNair said there was a “tremendous opportunity to build a campaign”, even if it was just for a rail halt – which has limited facilities and would not be staffed.

She added: “Ideally we want a station, but the important thing is park and ride.”

A Network Rail spokesman told the Bishoopbriggs Herald: “Delivering new stations is not a core objective of the EGIP project, but we are always open to proposals to expand the railway, if they are supported by a viable business case and funding package.”