‘Use it or lose it’ sta­tion gets nod

Evening Times - - NEWS - By NIALL CHRISTIE

MOVES to fast-track plans for a new Bar­rhead train sta­tion have been wel­comed.

The Auchen­back sta­tion, on the out­skirts of town, was first mooted as part of the Glas­gow City Re­gion Deal that will see mil­lions of pounds pumped into ma­jor projects across the west of Scot­land.

How­ever, un­der those pro­pos­als, the new stop wasn’t ex­pected to open un­til at least 2021.

Now, as part of fresh plans to boost pub­lic trans­port, work on the ‘pop-up’ sta­tion is ex­pected to be un­der way by April 2019.

A to­tal of £2mil­lion has been made avail­able to help pay for new train sta­tions as part of a bud­get deal agreed by the Scot­tish Greens and the SNP mi­nor­ity govern­ment.

But the mes­sage to pas­sen­gers who could soon be hop- ping on board at the Auchen­back stop is: “Use it or lose it.”

This is be­cause the new sta­tion is be­ing opened on a tem­po­rary ba­sis, with plans to make it a per­ma­nent fix­ture if it proves pop­u­lar.

Coun­cil­lor Angela Con­very, who rep­re­sents Bar­rhead, Li­bo­side and Uplaw­moor, said: “I strongly be­lieve the pro­pos- al for the Auchen­back train sta­tion will be a huge as­set to the res­i­dents of Bar­rhead.

“The line will pro­vide a much-needed trans­port link from Bar­rhead to the rest of the au­thor­ity and will also pro­vide an ad­di­tional link be­tween Bar­rhead and Neil­ston.

“I would hope this is some- thing that peo­ple in the area give their full sup­port to.”

Res­i­dents in Auchen­back cur­rently face a walk of up to 40 min­utes to Bar­rhead’s ex­ist­ing train sta­tion in the north side of town.

Plans for the Auchen­back sta­tion in­clude a new bus ter­mi­nal, as well as car park­ing for com­muters.

Scot­tish Greens’ MSP Ross Greer added: “Peo­ple in Auchen­back are well aware of the ben­e­fit that would come from hav­ing ac­cess to the rail net­work, as well as the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties a new train sta­tion can bring.”

A spokes­woman for East Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil said: “We are pro­gress­ing with plans to de­liver a rail­way sta­tion at Bar­rhead South in con­junc­tion with Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port, Trans­port Scot­land and Net­work Rail.”

The site for the new sta­tion, which will ini­tially be tem­po­rary

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.