A key transport project, that SPT has been instrumental in bringing key stakeholders together on and agreeing funding, is now well underway.
The construction of the new Robroyston railway station, located between Stepps and Springburn on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line, will serve a development of 1,600 homes in the area around the site.
SPT Senior Director Charles Hoskins said:
“SPT is delighted that having successfully brought together a multi-stakeholder approach and funding contribution to the project, we have now entered the construction phase for the new station and associated facilities.
“When complete it will provide a vital transport link for the extensive Robroyston development as well as a strategic P&R facility, leading to a more sustainable transport solution in the area as a whole.
“This is another important step in developing an attractive and accessible public transport network in Strathclyde.”
Chair of SPT Strategy and Programmes Alan Moir added:
“This is a positive example of what partnership working can achieve. It’s been a long standing ambition of SPT’s to make this project happen, realising the benefits that the project can bring to the wider area and the travelling public.
“We are delighted to finally see it come to fruition, this project will offer passengers, not just from Glasgow but from East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire real choice and real benefits. SPT has played a vital role in ensuring that the opportunities presented by this project have been fully understood and appreciated by all partners.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson recently visited the site along with key stakeholders including Transport Scotland, ScotRail, Network Rail, Glasgow City Council and developers Park Lane/Elmford/Stewart Milne Holdings.
The Cabinet Secretary said:
“This contract award for Robroyston Station is the latest example of our continuing investment in rail infrastructure and services to better connect our communities. It will be Glasgow’s 60th rail station and provide a gateway to the east for the residents of Robroyston and Millerston.
“Not only will this new station provide opportunities for the local community to better access education, leisure and employment, it will also be serviced by the new Hitachi Class 385 electric fleet – all part of this government’s efforts to build the best railway Scotland has ever had.”
The new Robroyston station will include step free platform access, together with two car parks with a total of 258 spaces, offering a new ‘park and ride’ facility for people driving into Glasgow along the nearby M80.
The station is expected to open in December 2019.
Pic: Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson with key stakeholders of the new Robroyston Railway Station.