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.”