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I had a productive site visit at Springburn train station on Friday last week (2 Feb) with partners including Network Rail Scotland, ScotRail and Helen from Spirit of Springburn, where I had good discussions around how to improve station accessibility (including lifts!) and other improvements, as well as greater connectivity to Glasgow Kelvin College and Springburn centre.

I have been working with ScotRail and local groups to secure family friendly and disabled access to Springburn railway station. This matter remains a UK Government decision via their Department of Transport.

Springburn railway station has made it on to a shortlist for funding- for the second time. Last time out the Department of Transport unfortunately did not back the bid. I remain hopeful on this occasion they will.
 

 
Update - 21 March 2024
 
I have been campaigning for improvements at Springburn Railway Station for some time. Indeed I recently visited the station along with representatives of Scotrail, Network Rail and others ( including local community group, Spirit of Springburn). We were keen to explore options to make the station more accessible for prams, buggies and wheel chairs, as well as to secure better connectivity with Glasgow Kelvin College.
 
Thankfully we have secured getting the station on to the “access for all” funding scheme shortlist. If successful improvements should resolve these issues. This is the second time we have made the shortlist and hopefully this time we will be succesful. It is up to the Department of Transport – part of the UK Government - to make a decision in due course. I do hope the station is successful.
 
I recently pursued the matter further with Alex Hynes – manager of Scotland’s Railway recently during a recent meeting of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee.
 
Mr Hynes replied-
 
“On Springburn, it was great to see recently a joint ScotRail and Network Rail team go there to see what relatively low-cost but high-impact improvements we could make. There is a large local college, and it is also the nearest station to our control centre. I am sure that we can make improvements there. Recently, I was with the First Minister and the MSP for Pollok to see the improvements that we have made at Cardonald station.
 
“As you rightly point out, such improvements do not only benefit people with accessibility needs; everyone benefits from those investments, which are often relatively small scale but can make a significant difference to people using the rail network.”
 
Fingers crossed we secure the much needed funding from the Department of Transport.
 
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Meeting of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

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