THE future of Hillfoot Rail Station is secure - and a new rail halt at the Allander would not mean its closure.
There has been speculation that a new stop to accommodate a huge increase in commuters caused by the proposed Kilmardinny housing development could see Hillfoot being moved.
However, Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson says that is out of the question .
He is currently carrying out a questionnaire of constituents to determine the exact need and requirements for a rail halt and park and ride facilities at Kilmardinny/Westpark where more than 500 new houses could be built.
Mr Paterson said he has had a number of enquiries from people concerned that a new ’Allander’ stop would mean the closure of Hillfoot.
He said: “Hillfoot Station is absolutely essential to the residents of Bearsden and Milngavie and there is no question of closure. Because of its unique residential location, many residents walk there to commute by train and it is extremely well used.
“The new rail halt at Kilmardinny would be an added facility for commuters, particularly with the prospect of a large housing development being built in the area.
“The added traffic this would bring to the roads must be dealt with and a rail halt, which is currently in the East Dunbartonshire Council plan, would make a huge difference.
“I’ve already had very positive feedback to my questionnaire with residents realising the benefits this would bring to the area.”
Keith Small, convener of Bearsden North Community Council, supports Mr Paterson’s rail halt bid and stressed that a new rail halt would not mean closure of the Hillfoot Station.
He said: “I have been in consultation with a number of residents who have been using the Hillfoot Station for years and there is no doubt that this is a vital community facility.
“A new rail halt at Kilmardinny would alleviate some of the problems the new development could cause with regard to traffic congestion and would act as an additional facility to Hillfoot Station, which is absolutely essential to the area.”