Bishopbriggs and Lenzie could be on track for new rail links

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New rail links for Bishopbriggs and Lenzie could be on the way after a study into transport improvements for East Dunbartonshire.

The study was commissioned by East Dunbartonshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport to identify the area’s needs.

It revealed new rail halts at Woodilee in Lenzie and Westerhill in Bishopbriggs - along with park and ride facilities - may be beneficial.

Improvements to bus routes in the area were also identified.

A council spokesman said this week: “The first stage of this study concludes that, in general, the area is well served by public transport.

“There is limited evidence of significant levels of congestion, with the exception of sections of the A803 through Bishopbriggs at peak times.

“There are a number of options which could benefit from detailed appraisal, including a quality bus corridor package, bus park and ride facilities, and rail halts at Woodilee and Westerhill.”

The study was presented to the council’s development and regeneration committee at their recent meeting.

Stage two of the study will now be carried out. This will include an update on multi-modal transport facilities connecting Milngavie and Bearsden to Glasgow.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “This study will form part of the evidence base for the emerging Local Development Plan.

“It will stand us in good stead as we seek to improve transport provision for the people who work, live in, and visit, East Dunbartonshire.”

There have been concerns in the past over parking congestion in streets near the present rail stations in Bishopbriggs and Lenzie.

Back in 2011, council leader Rhondda Geekie told the Herald parking facilities around both stations were not enough to support the number of cars there.

She added: “If we have other stations at places like Woodilee and Westerhill with more parking, it would help.”