SCOTRAIL is celebrating a year since its £14 million station at Robroyston was officially opened.
The development scooped the Transport Team/Partnership of the Year prize at the recent Scottish Transport Awards,
The operator says the station had an immediate impact when it opened, recording average customer journeys of 3,500 a week.
The coronavirus pandemic slowed demand down to a fraction of its pre-covid levels, however, ScotRail and its partners are confident that, when passenger numbers begin to climb, Robroyston will prove to be an important part of the rail network.
As part of ScotRail’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, the new station offers a free park-and-ride facility to take cars off the road and ease congestion into Glasgow city centre.
It will unlock further economic development in the area — 1,600 houses are being developed nearby — and connect Robroyston and Millerston residents to Scotland’s two largest cities.
With 263 free parking spaces and located minutes away from junction two of the M80, the new station provides an easy commuting option for residents as well as drivers travelling into Glasgow city centre from further afield.
The station is served exclusively by brand-new class 385 electric trains.
The construction was made possible by a joint-working and funding partnership between ScotRail, Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Glasgow City Council, and Network Rail.
David Lister, ScotRail sustainability and safety assurance director, said: “Our investment in Robroyston station, as well as the facilities it brings to the local area, is the benchmark for how we can encourage more people out of their cars and onto low-carbon forms of transport.
“Covid-19 has put the brakes on the station’s excellent start, however, we are confident that when passenger numbers begin to rise, Robroyston will return to playing a significant role in enhancing the rail network and the wider community.”