Milngavie and Bearsden’s new rail link to Scotland’s capital officialy opened this week - and there were some VIPs among the first passengers.
East Dunbartonshire Provost Eric Gotts took a team of community gardeners on a trip to Edinburgh to meet the Lord Provost there and to mark the first direct train connection in modern times.
Volunteers from Milngavie in Bloom downed trowels and boarded the service on Monday in recognition of the work they have done in landscaping the area around Milngavie train station, which they have ‘adopted’.
Also on board were East Dunbartonshire councillors Rhondda Geekie, Alan Moir and Bill Binks.
Milngavie in Bloom chair Jenny Overton said: “The station is close to our hearts - it was our very first project, and our late chairman Sheena Eason is commemorated by a plaque there.”
Provost Gotts said: “The new service offers a two-way benefit because people from Milngavie and Bearsden can go straight to Edinburgh while those in the east can come straight here to enjoy such attractions as the West Highland Way and Mugdock.”
John Yellowlees of ScotRail said: “Milngavie in Bloom is doing great work at the station and it’s great that people will be able to take advantage of the service.”
There will be a half-hourly day- time service, with a duration of 90 minutes, between Milngavie and Edinburgh from about 6.30am till 6.30pm on weekdays and 8.30am till 6.30pm on Saturdays.
Meanwhile, ScotRail has apologised for giving Herald readers duff information. We were told last week that the service started at Milngavie but didn’t stop anywhere else in the area.
However, ScotRail has admitted that information given to the paper was wrong and that it does stop at Hillfoot, Bearsden and Westerton. Mr Yellowlees said: “We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.”