Rail link could ease station parking chaos

PARKING chaos in streets near rail stations in Lenzie and Bishopbriggs will get worse if more people start to travel by train, according to a council report

Roads near Lenzie and Bishopbriggs railway stations have been plagued with parking problems for years.

With a 27 per cent increase in rail passengers in East Dunbartonshire between 2006 and 2010, and major new housing developments on the horizon, it’s feared the parking situation could get much worse.

East Dunbartonshire Council is raising the matter with Network Rail as part of the consultation into the company’s Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.

In its response the council says new rail halts at Woodilee, in Lenzie, and one at Westerhill, in Bishopbriggs, with park and ride facilities, would help alleviate the parking problems.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “There is no parking around Bishopbriggs station and parking at Lenzie does not support the number of cars there.

“If we have other stations with more parking it would help. However, even if we don’t get a rail halt, the parking problems at these two stations have to be addressed.

“There are plans to put down yellow lines near the stations, but the only solution is to get more parking.”

Network Rail is currently carrying out a consultation on its Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).

East Dunbartonshire Council is in the process of submitting its response to the rail network.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “The council’s submission regarding additional stations will be considered as part of the EGIP consultation.

“The issue of car parking at existing stations has already been the subject of a review by Network Rail.

“Lenzie did have around 20 additional spaces added a few years ago as part of that process.

“There is currently no railway land at either station which could be used to site a car park.”