Allander railway halt in Bearsden is a step closer

Allander sports centre'Photo by Emma Mitchell'10/12/13
Allander sports centre'Photo by Emma Mitchell'10/12/13

A community group is looking to bring other organisations on board to help fund a feasibility study into a new rail station in Bearsden.

Bearsden North Community Council (BNCC) discussed the possibility of joining forces with Kilmardinny West Park Action Group to fund a study into the technical issues that would need to be overcome to create a railway station next to the Allander Leisure centre - if the area is developed for housing.

If housebuilder Cala finalises plans to create homes in the area, it is thought that a new statiion will be needed between Milngavie and Hillfoot.

Gordon Cox, chairman of BNCC, said: “The new rail halt proposal has had approval in the last Local Plan, but there is no money for a feasibility study into the technical aspects of it.

“If the community council with the help of KWAG and other community councils could hire a technical consultant to give a technical report on it, it might help move the plans forward.”

Mr Cox did, however, stress that it was still very early days and was looking for a financial contribution from the other community councils and user groups that will benefit from the proposed rail halt.

Welcoming the news, Ken Sutherland from passenger railway pressure group Railfutures Scotland, said: “We welcome the community council getting involved in this issue and give the railway halt the thumbs up.

“It is a great display of leadership and a massive boost in pursuing this. If it was built it would benefit not only Bearsden and Milngavie, but Strathblane and beyond. It is now time to get things moving.”