Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee today (19 January) approved funding support of up to £10million for the early delivery of a new rail station in Millerston / Robroyston.
The new station, expected to open in late 2019, will also feature two associated Park & Ride car parks, drop-off facility and an access road as part of this £18.9million scheme, and will facilitate the acceleration of the building of almost 1600 homes. There is planning permission in principle for these homes.The £10million of forward funding from the council will be repaid upon the completion of the houses through a Section 75 legal agreement. It is estimated that the completion of the development will bring an extra £14.2million to the economy every year.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow, providing a new rail station for the people of Robroyston and Millerston and helping to bring almost 1600 much-needed new homes to this part of the city. We are delighted to provide this forward funding to allow the early delivery of this project, and look forward to working with our partners through to its completion.”
Other partners in this project include Transport Scotland, SPT (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport), Network Rail, Elmford Ltd, Park Lane and Stewart Milne Homes.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I welcome confirmation of this funding commitment for the proposed new station at Robroyston and Millerston from Glasgow City Council and their partners. In September we set out our own contribution of over £7 million to the scheme and with today’s announcement we can now look forward to the scheme moving towards the delivery phase, providing a welcome boost for the people of Robroyston and the wider development plans for the area.”
SPT Chairman Jonathan Findlay said: “The delivery of a new station and park and ride at Robroyston is a vital factor in ensuring the long-term success of the redevelopment of the area as a whole. SPT has played a key role in ensuring this project has progressed and we will continue to ensure it remains on track as it moves towards delivery.”
Funding will come from Glasgow City Council (up to £10million); Transport Scotland’s New Station Fund (£7.13million); SPT (£1.25million); and the developers (£485,000).
The developers have indicated that the early delivery of the rail station would accelerate the submission of detailed planning applications for the new homes.
The rail station will be located on the Glasgow – Cumbernauld line. The development of over 400 homes on the northern side of the line in Millerston/Robroyston has already begun.