Full steam ahead for railway route improvements

Date: 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2022


** Update - 13 September 2022 **

The Strathkelvin Railway Path has been resurfaced between Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown as part of a project funded by the Council’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes allocation from Transport Scotland and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).Strathkelvin Railway Path - resurfaced

The route - which also forms part of the National Cycle Network, John Muir Way and Thomas Muir Heritage Trail - was temporarily closed between Kilsyth Road in Kirkintilloch and Campsie Road in Lennoxtown, but is now fully open.

Approximately 4,500m of path was resurfaced as part of the project, which aims to address damage caused by tree roots. Hand railing will also be installed at the start of the section at Kilsyth Road.

The project ties in with the Council's Active Travel and Local Transport Strategies.

Apologies for the delay - thanks all for your patience and feedback.

You can take a virtual tour of the Strathkelvin Railway Path by checking out a video created as part of last year's Active Travel Discussion.

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A popular pathway is being upgraded - making it even easier and safer for people to get active along one of East Dunbartonshire's most scenic routes.

The Strathkelvin Railway Path will be resurfaced between Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown as part of a project funded by the Council’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes allocation from Transport Scotland and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

The route - which also forms part of the National Cycle Network, John Muir Way and Thomas Muir Heritage Trail - is regularly used by local residents and visitors to walk, wheel, cycle and scoot.

The section between Kilsyth Road in Kirkintilloch and Campsie Road in Lennoxtown will be fully closed to allow works to take place.

Due to the nature of the project and extent of improvements, the closure is unavoidable and there will be no access for the public.Photo of Strathkelvin Railway Path

Approximately 4,500m of path will be resurfaced as part of the project, which aims to address damage caused by tree roots. Hand railing will also be installed at the start of the section at Kilsyth Road.

Councillor Paul Ferretti, Convener of Place, Neighbourhood and Corporate Assets, said, "I am happy to confirm that the popular stretch of the Strathkelvin Railway Path between Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown will be resurfaced - making it more accessible for people of all ages and abilities, whether they are cycling, strolling, running or wheeling.

"The project will unfortunately involve the temporary closure of that section. The Council acknowledges the impact this may have for residents and apologises in advance for the inconvenience, however, the long-term benefits will outweigh the short-term disruption.

"Certain parts of the path can be difficult to traverse due to tree root damage. I look forward to it being returned to peak condition."Photo of Strathkelvin Railway Path in Milton of Campsie

The project ties in with the Council's Active Travel and Local Transport Strategies.

SPT Vice Chair Alan Moir, who represents East Dunbartonshire on the SPT Board, said, "Investment in good active travel routes is important as it encourages people not only to travel in an environmentally-friendly way, but also enables them to be more active.

"SPT is pleased to be able to give our full support to the Council through our capital programme. This investment will help to deliver improvements to this important stretch of off-road path through East Dunbartonshire, better connecting communities along the route."

You can take a virtual tour of the Strathkelvin Railway Path by checking out a video created as part of last year's Active Travel Discussion - https://youtu.be/PejFdBg5QkU

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