A bright and colourful future for train station

Bishopbriggs Train Station
Bishopbriggs Train Station

A train station is set to get an on-schedule makeover after a leading social enterprise agreed to spearhead a floral facelift.

Improvement work is currently taking place at Bishopbriggs Station as part of ScotRail’s Adopt a Station initiative.

Floral displays have been created and will be maintained by the Wise Wellbeing Project - an off-shoot of sical enterprise the Wise Group.

ScotRail’s Adopt a Station initiative aims to encourage community groups and charities to get involved with their local station.

The Wise Wellbeing Project has already adopted all six stations on the Whifflet line, as well as Coatbridge Central and Gartcosh - making Bishopbriggs its ninth station.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration, said: “I am delighted to hear that Bishopbriggs has been ‘adopted’ by the Wise Wellbeing Project - with floral displays being created and maintained.

“Civic pride is very important and innovative schemes such as this can only help to promote community spirit and improve local well-being.”

The Wise Group is a social enterprise which specialises in changing lives by helping people gain the skills required to get back into work.

Operating across Scotland and the north-east of England it has also achieved significant success in reducing re-offending, regenerating communities and promoting sustainability.

The Wise Wellbeing Project is being funded by NHS Greater Glasgow andClyde.

The initiative provides important mentoring and support services to local people with mental health issues. The aim of the project is to promote and assist individuals’ mental health recovery through greenspace and outdoor activities.

Being part of Adopt a Station aims to give people responsibility for installing and looking after flower planters and baskets, providing a sense of purpose and allowing them to develop new skills.

John Yellowlees, ScotRail external relations manager, said, “We are pleased that the Wise Wellbeing Project has added Bishopbriggs to its portfolio of adopted stations.”

More information at www.scotrail.co.uk/Facilities