Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Over the past few months, elected members and community groups in East Dunbartonshire have been in touch with local residents concerned about ongoing developments of a high-speed rail link and rail depot at Cadder Yard in Bishopbriggs.
Despite this project being in development for some time, local representatives had received little contact from Network Rail regarding its progress.
Following a joint letter from representatives across East Dunbartonshire – including my office, the office of Rona Mackay MSP, and East Dunbartonshire councillors – Network Rail responded by stating they would more diligently inform residents of works taking place on the site and that they are open to any further queries.
Despite these assurances, many residents were still left with questions. In particular, the Bishopbriggs Community Council had several concerns they felt were not addressed by Network Rail’s initial correspondence.
Following these concerns, my office arranged a meeting with Network Rail and Scotrail representatives regarding the development, earlier this month. The meeting included representatives from my office, the office of Rona Mackay MSP, local councillors, and members of the Bishopbriggs Community Council.
The meeting was very constructive – with Network Rail and Scotrail reps providing an initial presentation on the development of the site and engaging with a range of questions from local representatives for the remainder of the meeting.
We received assurances that an improved dialogue between Network Rail and local East Dunbartonshire representatives would be opened, so that we can better inform and assist constituents with any and all concerns regarding the project. Network Rail were also able to offer local reps and the community council a site visit which, while still to be arranged, I believe will be useful to get a better grasp on the works currently ongoing.
That said, with further developments scheduled over the next few weeks and months, I am sure this matter is not over; and I remain committed to working with all representatives across the community to assist with any further concerns they may have.
As always, if you have any concerns regarding this development, or if there is anything else you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch directly through this website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.