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Successful railway parking plan

Full marks to ScotRail for its initiative to achieve increased station car parking by introducing modular units as a cost- effective way of meeting the growing demand for rail travel ("ScotRail in extra car parks plan", The Herald, January 25).

Much potential growth in rail travel, especially at off-peak times, is discouraged and frustrated by the hopeless inadequacy of existing station car parks, many of which are often full to capacity before 7.30am.

Installation of modular car parking technology will, it is to be hoped, resolve not only today's problem of suppressed demand for more rail travel but also undo damage caused by British Railways Property Board's vicious policy of selling-off railway land and goods sidings at stations.

The use of such easily installed modular technology, using appropriately sensitive design, could give a major boost to the case for a new Allander Halt line (between Hillfoot and Milngavie), currently being pursued by East Dunbartonshire Council and local community groups in response to growing pressure for a significant increase in park-and-ride capacity.

There is potential for 300 to 400 park-and-ride spaces which could now be integrated into the massive Lower Kilmardinny development site, alongside this electrified line. It would offer a coherent and acceptable alternative to intrusive and objectionable car parking now choking adjoining residential roads in Bearsden and Milngavie, and the main A81 Milngavie Road being used as an all-day linear car park serving Hillfoot station.

Such initiatives could be replicated throughout Scotland at existing stations and would reinforce the case for more new and re-opened stations.

Ken Sutherland,

12A Dirleton Gate, Bearsden.

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