Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 14:44 on 15 September 2015
RESIDENTS of Abronhill are once again being invited to make their voices known on proposals for future transport options in the area.
The communities of Abronhill, Glenboig and Plains are being invited to follow-up consultation events on transport issues in and around their communities, later this month.
The second consultation event follows a series of initial events, earlier this year, when local residents were asked to set out issues with transport services in their area.
Back in May North Lanarkshire Council confirmed that they were tendering for applicants to come forward in a competition which would see the successful candidates undertake a Strategic Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) report into the viability of three proposed railway stations.
Stations at Abronhill, Glenboig and Plains were to be looked at as part of the report, which was commissioned by North Lanarkshire Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
The report will look at current transport issues locally, solutions to these problems, in addition to the pros and cons of the solutions identified, as well as undertaking economic assessment of these perceived solutions.
Further analysis will also be undertaken to assess the impact upon the wider rail network and existing timetables, in an exercise that will take around 12 months to complete.
An initial series of consultation events were organised by consultants in June to get the views of local people on the problems, issues and opportunities relating to transport.
Feedback from these meetings is helping inform the independent study, with the second consultation intended to gather the feedback on local residents on the transport options being considered so far.
Residents will also be able to find out how to study is progressing.
Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Roads and Transportation Committee at North Lanarkshire Council said "Strong transport services are vital for everyone,” explaining that good transport services allow people to “access jobs, education and leisure opportunities.”
He added: "So it is important to hear the views of local people in these three communities on how transport links impact on them and their lives, and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in these consultation events."
Between 3.30pm and 8pm, on Monday 21st September, residents in Plains will be able to attend their consultation event, which will be held at Plains Community Centre, in Main Street, Plains ML6 7JG.
Abronhill residents will be next to get the opportunity to see where the proposals are at, with their consultation event to take place on Tuesday 22nd September, between 3pm and 8pm, at Abronhill Community Centre, Larch Road, G67 3AZ.
Wednesday 23rd September will bring the trio of events to a close, with Glenboig residents able to attend their follow-up consultation event between 3pm and 8pm, at Glenboig Community Centre, Main Street, Glenboig ML5 2SY.
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