Published 26 August 2020

Two ambitious projects which will enhance key areas in West Dunbartonshire have received almost £100k in funding.

Balloch Station Square  received £46,000 to improve the space in front of  Balloch railway station and £50,000 was awarded to Dumbarton Connectivity project to improve links between Dumbarton Central Station, the town centre and the waterfront.  

Funding comes from the Scottish Government through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme.

Places For Everyone provides advice, support and funding for the creation of infrastructure that makes it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.

The Balloch Station Square project will create an improved public space in front of the Balloch Railway station, including wider pavements, new seating and street lightning.  New traffic  calming measures on Balloch Road will give priority to pedestrian and cyclists and create a better and safer connection between the Railway Station and the Tourist Information Centre and any future developments at West Riverside.

The project will also introduce live information on public transport links to encourage and promote sustainable travel and new signage to help visitors find the most convenient and economical route to their destination.

The Dumbarton Connectivity project aims to create a safe, attractive and pleasant environment by improving links from the town’s A- listed Central Railway Station, through Dumbarton town centre to the waterfront.

Work will focus on College Street providing a pedestrian and cycle route running between Dumbarton Central Station and Risk Street and St Mary’s Way to the rear of the Artizan Shopping Centre.

The money could also be used in the design works to improve the underpass linking Bankend Road and Station Road.

Along with increasing the use of rail travel, the project will create quality space which opens up a gateway welcoming to both residents and visitors.

It is hoped the enhanced safe route will be used by residents, school children and commuters, and could reduce cars using Station Road making it more attractive to pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration, and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted to receive this funding which will contribute towards areas for both residents and visitors. Balloch and Dumbarton attract their own visitors and by improving these areas and making them more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and visitors, these improvements will greatly enhance  their experience in West Dunbartonshire.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added:  “These projects will improve the health and wellbeing of our residents by encouraging them to be active.  We know the level of people who walk or cycle in West Dunbartonshire is 17% compared to 23% in Scotland. It is hoped that these projects will increase these numbers  and reduce the number of cars on our roads.  I fully support any projects that reduces pollution by cutting the number of cars on our roads and improvements in open areas and pathways to encourage more physical activities which will increase the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

Emily Gait, Infrastructure Coordinator at Sustrans said: “We are delighted to be working with West Dunbartonshire Council and the public community on both these new projects to help those whether they live, work or travel through the area. These proposals will provide valuable connections to public transport, whilst making it easier for people to walk, cycle and wheel in the area.”