Plans are being developed for a new railway station at Balgray, to the south of Barrhead, on the railway line between Glasgow and Neilston.
The station will have a car park, bus turning circle and active travel links, and will provide rail connections for several new housing developments in the area as well as providing direct access to Dams to Darnley Country Park and Balgray reservoir.
East Renfrewshire Council, with funding from the Glasgow Region City Deal, is working in partnership with Network Rail, STORY Contracting and sub-contractors who will deliver outline designs for the new station.
The Glasgow City Region City Deal is a £1.13billion partnership between eight local authorities, the Scottish Government and the UK Government. It includes 27 projects, with 21 of them major infrastructure schemes.
Preparatory work will begin from October 2023 to investigate the ground conditions at the proposed site, prepare the design of the station, and support East Renfrewshire Council to develop their final business case. Construction timescales will be subject to a funding decision by Glasgow City Deal Board.
A new station will improve connectivity for passengers, especially those to the south of Barrhead who cannot access the town's railway station easily, as well as future occupants of the new housing developments to the south and west of Barrhead.
It will help facilitate growth, encourage modal shift and assist regeneration, long term sustainability and accessibility.