Increasing calls for new train stations in East Dunbartonshire

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An influential pressure group has backed growing calls to create two new railway stations in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.

Railfuture Scotland, a politically independent group that campaigns for better railways, spoke out in support of the plans following the conclusion of East Dunbartonshire Council’s transport strategy consultation last week.

The council is currently in discussions with Transport Scotland about the possible new stations - one between Kirkintilloch and Lenzie at Woodilee, and the other at Westerhill in Bishopbriggs.

There are also calls for a new station at Allander, in Milngavie.

Ken Sutherland, research officer at Railfuture Scotland, said: “The case for those additional stations, with ample park and ride accommodation is based on the steadily rising demand for rail travel across the area - 35 per cent between 2004/2005 to 2010/2011 - and the ‘recognised need’ to offer more conveniently accessible stations offering ample parking spaces as a competitive alternative to unsustainable car commuting.

“People want to make more use of the train, particularly at off-peak times, but are currently discouraged by lack of car parking at existing stations, sometimes located at inconvenient sites.

“These stations would form part of an improved outer suburban commuter better serving local communities along this rail corridor.”

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