ScotRail is officially opening the new Robroyston station today (Dec 16), as the rail operator also launches its new timetable.
The new £14m station marks the 60th railway station in Glasgow, and will have a plaque unveiling today by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
The station means that residents in Robroyston and Millerston will be given a connection to Scotland’s largest cities, boosting the local economy and unlocking potential for a newly proposed housing development of 1,600 new homes.
Two services per hour will be available to Glasgow with a journey time of 12 minutes, and a further two services to Edinburgh, taking 63 minutes.
ScotRail has made sure that the station reflects its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, with a free park-and-ride facility to reduce the volume of cars on the road and congestion around Glasgow City centre.
263 free parking spaces also come as part of the station facilities, making commuting an easy option for Robroyston and Millerston residents.
The location of the station also lends itself to commuters and travellers as it sits just minutes away from junction two of the M80.
In keeping with making Scotland’s Railway accessible for everyone, both platforms will be step free.
A fleet of brand-new class 385 electric trains will serve the new station, providing a greener and more efficient rail network.
Joint-working and funding from ScotRail, Network Rail, Transport Scotland, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Glasgow City Council has made the construction of the new station possible.
Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway, said:
“The opening of the brand new Robroyston station is another milestone as we build the best railway Scotland’s ever had.
“Robroyston station is central to attracting more investment in the local area and creating new low-carbon travel opportunities. It proves the power of the railway as a key driver of the economy.
“I’m proud of the team effort involved in delivering this project on time and on budget.”
Helping to make Scotland’s railway better, and serving a development of 1,600 properties with commercial and leisure facilities, AmcoGiffen were awarded the design and build contract to construct the new unmanned station at Robroyston, as part of Abellio ScotRail's rail upgrade plan for Scotland’s railway infrastructure.
Alan Boyle regional managing director (Scotland) commented:
“AmcoGiffen are proud to successfully deliver on-time the new station facilities at Robroyston. Working in partnership with Abellio ScotRail, Glasgow City Council and SPT, it is a real privilege to provide the benefits of improved transport links and step-free access for passengers and the local communities.”