Robroyston to gain a railway station

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Robroyston is set to gain a railway station – Glasgow’s 60th – as a major spin-off from a £10million plan to buold 1,600 new homes.

The new station will be on the existing line from Queen Street to Cumbernauld, and will greatly expand transport amenities for the area’s growing population.

The station at Robroyston is expected to open in late 2019, will offer two Park & Ride facilities and a drop-off lane for commuters.

It is the first to be funded through the £30m Scottish Stations Fund, which was first announced in 2014.

The £18.9million scheme will accelerate the building of almost 1600 homes in the areas, for which planning permission in principle has already been agreed.

It is estimated that the completion of the development will bring an extra £14.2m to the economy every year.

The £10million of forward funding from the council will be repaid upon the completion of the houses through a Section 75 legal agreement.

Council leader Frank McAveety said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow, providing a new rail station for the people of Robroyston and Millerston and helping to bring almost 1600 much-needed new homes to this part of the city.”

Strathclyde Passenger Transport chairman Jonathan Findlay said the new station was “a vital factor in ensuring the long-term success of the redevelopment of the area as a whole”.

In addition to the £10m provided by Glasgow City Council, Transport Scotland will contribute £7.13m, SPT £1.25m and developers will contribute the remaining £485,000.