Some really positive news from today’s meeting with Network Rail regarding the line clearance through Strathbungo

As recents posts have indicated, Strathbungo Society had a meeting this morning -Friday – with senior managers from Network Rail. Kris Kinnear, Director of Capital Delivery and Alan Ross, Director of Engineering plus Niamh Hegarty, Senior Public Affairs Manager were in attendance.

This was made possible by the support of our local constituency MSP, Nicola Sturgeon, who kindly hosted and chaired the hour long meeting. The ongoing contribution offered by Nicola is very welcome and has already helped concentrate minds.

As a result, Network Rail have finally understood the need to be more transparent about the decisions being taken and the processes involved. There is agreement that the Strathbungo Society will be supplied with all relevant documentation, including the biodiversity information and relevant ecological surveys that have been carried out, before another meeting takes place. That allows us to evaluate Network Rail’s position.

This is a good step forward and we will endeavour to establish if there is an alternative to the “slash and burn” treatment of trees along the line currently on offer. Full reports will be made via the Bungo Blog and Facebook as we have the information.

In the meantime, the good news is that NO WORK will be carried out along the eleven miles of the East Kilbride line until these processes have been gone through.

The Strathbungo Society