Patricia Ferguson MSP has commented on a recent report prepared by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) echoed these concerns. Revealing that the removal of the Maryhill line from electrification plans could have a negative impact on services between Anniesland and Queen Street (high level) through stations such as Maryhill and Possilpark.
The Labour MSP for Maryhill & Springburn said:
"Last year thousands of constituents campaigned alongside me to ensure that all stations along the Maryhill train line remained opened. This led to the Scottish Government providing a commitment to keeping the stations, and whilst I welcomed this I was concerned that planned improvements to train services between Edinburgh and Glasgow could have a damaging effect on our local service.
"The Scottish Government has reaffirmed that it is committed to keeping the stations open and running a service along the line. However, I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Transport Minister to get an assurance that services will continue on the current direct route with a level of service which is at least the same as it is currently if not better.
"I will also be asking why plans to electrify the line by 2019 have been dropped and when it will be electrified. I would also like to see the Maryhill line connected to the North Clyde line giving access to stations via Hyndland and Westerton. This would give easier access to areas across the city and beyond and improve travel to facilities such as Gartnavel Hospital. I will be pursuing this with the Transport Minister."