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ONE day after Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP announced a £1billion upgrade for the Edinburgh to Glasgow rail line, Jamie Hepburn MSP, welcomed the news that these upgrades will benefit Cumbernauld's rail services.
The Scottish Government's plans will see stations and passengers, in Central Scotland, benefit from quicker and more frequent journeys, as upgrades take place between now and 2016. As part of the upgrade package, services between Croy and Glasgow will become more frequent and quicker, whilst, the Cumbernauld to Glasgow line will be electrified.
Taking note of the upgrade package, Jamie Hepburn, MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth has said that an opportunity exists to for the creation of a new station, at Abronhill on the Cumbernauld to Glasgow line. The Scottish Government are also running an online consultation, the first phase of which, runs until November and people can participate or get more information at: www.networkrail.co.uk/egip.
Commenting, on the news, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “The Scottish Government is investing nearly £1billion to upgrade rail services linking Glasgow, Edinburgh and the communities in between. I’m very encouraged by the reports that the Cumbernauld-Glasgow electrification is due to take place early in the programme.
“This consultation is an opportunity for the people who will use these services, or be affected by the upgrade process, to have their say and share their ideas.
“I’ll be making my own submission, highlighting the difference electrified services will make to rail passengers in Cumbernauld, the importance of improved services from Croy, and continuing to build the case for station at Abronhill. I would encourage anyone else who has a view on the proposals to make their own submission too."
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