MSPs in East Dunbartonshire are “delighted” at the SNP government’s budget that has set aside £2 million for rail improvements.
Gil Paterson and Rona Mackay have said it should be used to re-twin the railway from Westerton to Milngavie and add a rail halt a t Allander.
It is an issue the pair are in on-going correspondence with ScotRail Alliance over – and the latest letter Mr Paterson received is “encouraging”.
Last year, transport minister Humza Yousaf vowed to look into the matter after being pressed by Ms Mackay in the Holyrood chamber.
News of the £2 million feasibility fund for rail improvements was announced in the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald on February 8.
Mr Paterson said:
“I am very hopeful this rail improvement fund provided by the SNP government can be used on the Milngavie re-twinning and rail halt.
“The latest correspondence I have received from ScotRail was encouraging – it shows that no clear decision has been made by Network Rail as of yet on the matter, so everything is still on the table.”
Ms Mackay added:
“This fund could well be used to tackle the stop skipping, cancellations and general poor performance of trains on the Westerton to Milngavie line.
“I am very glad the SNP government has made the decision to side aside this cash in the budget – it shows our campaigning has not been met with deaf ears.”
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