WORK has started on the new Robroyston railway station, which will serve a development of 1,600 homes in the north east of Glasgow.
Located between Stepps and Springburn on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line, the unstaffed station will include step-free platform access, cycle parking, electrical charging points and CCTV coverage.
There will be 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.
View towards Millerston
As well as serving new housing, the station — which is due to be completed by December 2019 — will provide local access to travel for the existing residents in Millerston.
The station will be accessed from the existing Station Road to the south and from a new road in the north from an upgraded Junction Two of the M80 Motorway. Both roads will be connected by the newly replaced Bogside Road bridge.
A foot/cycle path connection will be provided from future housing sites to the northern platform of the station,
Funding for the facility comes from Glasgow City Council, Network Rail and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
Councillor Anna Richardson, convener for sustainability and carbon reduction at Glasgow City Council, said: “I am delighted to see work beginning on the creation of a new railway station and park-and-ride facility at Robroyston.
“This project will not only bring better connections and more sustainable transport to and from the area, but also ensure that the redevelopment of Robroyston continues. The council is a key funder in this project, a role we are very happy to play.”
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity 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.”
Alan Ross, of Network Rail Scotland, said: “Rail travel is more popular now than ever and we are pleased to support the creation of this new station, which will open up our network to even more potential passengers.”
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 will now enter 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 park-and-ride 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.”
ScotRail chief operating officer Angus Thom said: “The new Robroyston station will offer better connections for people living in the north east of Glasgow and I am delighted to see the start of the construction works. We are committed to building the best railway Scotland has ever had and this is another important step towards that.”