Tue 12 Jun, 2018

Local commuters have had enough. Network Rail and Scotrail have tried minor changes but these have barely made an impact. Only re-dualling the line will fix the problems and radically improve the quality and reliability of our local rail service. Ross Greer MSP

Green MSP Ross Greer has launched a campaign and petition to redual the rail line between Westerton and Milngavie and to build the long-proposed Allander Station.

Sign the petition here.

Ross Greer, MSP for the West of Scotland who lives and grew up in Bearsden has frequently called for action to be taken on delays on the Milngavie line, which has recently become the worst in Scotland for the number of delayed trains, with less than one in four arriving on time. This not only causes inconvenience and annoyance for commuters in Bearsden and Milngavie, but has knock-on impacts across west and central Scotland’s rail network, as far as Edinburgh. 

At the same time, an additional Allander Station would widen access to this line, reduce parking congestion around existing stations and help relieve congestion and air pollution on the roads into Glasgow. 

In May, East Dunbartonshire Council agreed to apply for support from the £2m Local Rail Development Fund, which Green MSPs secured as part of their budget agreement with the Scottish Government.

The petition calls on the Scottish Government to work with Network Rail, Scotrail, East Dunbartonshire Council, SPT and the Glasgow City Region to re-dual the line, which was reduced to a single track by the UK Government in 1990.

Greer will be chairing a public meeting in support of the campaign at Milngavie Town Hall at 7:30 on Monday 25th June. The main speaker will be David Prescott, a rail consultant who has supported communities around Scotland to improve their rail systems, and recently advised Green MSPs in setting up the Local Rail Development Fund.

Ross Greer said:
“These essential improvements have been on the table for decades without progress and the Milngavie line is now the worst in Scotland. Local commuters have had enough. Network Rail and Scotrail have tried minor changes but these have barely made an impact. Only re-dualling the line will fix the problems and radically improve the quality and reliability of our local rail service.

“I’m delighted that the East Dunbartonshire Council are putting serious work into bidding for the funds secured by Green MSPs for feasibility studies. There’s cross-party consensus locally that this needs to happen, and I’m encouraging people to get behind the bid and join me in saying “no more delay"  by signing the petition today”.

Get involved

More like this

Council Rejects Flamingoland Bid

Thu 27 Jun, 2019

Flamingoland Loch Lomond: Greer welcomes West Dunbartonshire Council Opposition

Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer has welcomed West Dunbartonshire Council’s vote to recommend rejection of the proposals to turn part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park into a Flamingoland resort. 

The Flamingoland bid, backed by Scottish Enterprise, was unanimously rejected at a council meeting last night (Wednesday 26th June). 

Greer Motion Calls for Citybus Cuts To Be Reversed

Fri 5 Apr, 2019

Green MSP and East Dunbartonshire resident Ross Greer, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on Glasgow Citybus to reverse the recently implemented reduction in the Milngavie to Glasgow 15 service and drop the proposed ending of the 142 Bishopbriggs service. Mr Greer has written to Citybus to request a meeting in order to discuss the cuts.

MSP Calls for Answers on East Dunbartonshire Child Trafficking Victims

Mon 14 Jan, 2019

Green MSP Ross Greer has called on East Dunbartonshire Council to confirm the status of four children in their care following the council’s refusal to answer inquiries over a Freedom of Information request, which indicates that the children may have gone missing.