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Local MSP reveals letter which shows council "doublespeak" over proposals for an Abronhill Station

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:45 GMT on Saturday, October 29th, 2011.

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JAMIE Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth has blasted North Lanarkshire Council for their "doublespeak" on the proposals for a railway station in the Abronhill area of Cumbernauld.

In a press release, issued by the MSP, Mr Hepburn, describes how a letter he sent to North Lanarkshire Council, in July, was replied to, stating that the council was in support for new stations in North Lanarkshire, but was unable to support proposals for a new station in Abronhill, which would join the busy Cumbernauld line.

In the letter, to Mr Hepburn, North Lanarkshire Council said: “[North Lanarkshire Council are] generally supportive of new station building on the rail network within North Lanarkshire” however, they went on to say that they were, “unable to support the proposal [for a station at Abronhill]”. 

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The latest bump in the road comes after years of campaigning by community activists and Mr Hepburn for a railway station, in Abronhill.

Commenting, the area’s MSP said: “This is yet more doublespeak from the Council on the proposal for a station at Abronhill. It would seem that the “general support” of new stations in North Lanarkshire Council means absolutely nothing in material terms for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, and this is exemplified by their refusal to get behind a station for Abronhill. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the local authority area, the Council is more than willing to get behind similar proposals – like in Plains.

Mr Hepburn's comments come after the local authority announced it would support a new station in the Plains area of Airdrie, whilst proposals included in the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Joint Structure Plan of 2000 supported the proposed construction of a new station on the Cumbernauld line.

Continuing, Mr Hepburn added: “It remains the case that for a station to be established at Abronhill, the Council must offer their full support for the idea. I will continue to work with all relevant authorities in taking this idea forward and ensuring that residents in Cumbernauld are not left behind by North Lanarkshire Council.”  

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