Rail group backs new Allander train station

Industry experts are backing East Dunbartonshire Council’s call for a new Allander train station between Hillfoot in Bearsden and Milngavie.

The influential Railfuture Scotland group’s intervention came as the council’s local transport strategy consultation came to an end on Monday, July 15.

The council has also recognised the need for two more stations in East Dunbartonshire - one at Westerhill, between Bishopbriggs and Lenzie Stations and another at Woodilee between Lenzie and Croy stations.

Ken Sutherland, research officer at Railfuture Scotland, said: “The case for those additional stations, with ample park and ride accommodation is based on the steadily rising demand for rail travel across the area (35 per cent over 2004/2005 to 2010/2011).

“People want to make more use of the train, particularly at off-peak times, but are currently discouraged by lack of car parking at existing stations, sometimes located at inconvenient sites which are often difficult to expand.

“The case for a new Allander station on the Milngavie line had already been ratified by the 2005 Atkins Consultancy Report and the 2008 Faber Maunsell A81 Corridor Study and should have 400 to 500 car parking spaces to meet current and future demands.

“It was an ‘absolute imperative’ not only for the Bearsden/Milngavie communities, but equally for commuters from Strathblane/Blanefield/Killearn/Balfron which now generate increasing volumes of traffic.”

Thomas Glen, EDC director of development, said: “The council has been consulting on a new Local Transport Strategy for the area and is pleased with the level of support it has received.

“Amongst other things it aims to improve the health/wellbeing of the community through promoting sustainable travel, enhance the accessibility of services, facilities and businesses and deliver reliable and efficient public transport services by close working with key transport partners and providers in order to achieve modal shift. Part of this strategy and Local Plan 2 is to conduct an investigation into the merits, costs and feasibility of developing new rail stations at Woodilee, Westerhill and Allander.

“The study will investigate whether such proposals can be delivered.”