Joe has welcomed a bid by North Ayrshire Council for funding towards a feasibility study into Stevenston’s level crossing.
Since becoming the candidate in Cunninghame South, Councillor Cullinane has been pursuing solutions to the current wait experienced by foot passengers when the level crossing comes down. He has been joined by Stevenston Councillors Alan Munro and Jim Montgomerie in lobbying Network Rail on the issue but also discussed the matter with Council officers during discussions over the recent budget.
One solution, which has been muted for many years, is constructing a footbridge at the crossing. Once Councillor Cullinane raised the issue with Council officers over the budget they came across the Sustrans Community Links Fund that could provide 50% funding towards a feasibility study. The Council estimate that the study would cost around £60,000. A feasibility study would allow the Council, and Network Rail, to understand the issues at the level crossing and the benefits of any works before considering whether to commit funding in the capital budget to a suitable project. A bid was prepared and submitted to Sustrans prior to the budget meeting.
Speaking about the issue, Councillor Cullinane said;
“I know that people in Stevenston have long complained about the length of time the gates at the level crossing are down for. It's a bone of frustration and one that I want to help resolve.”
“Alan Munro and Jim Montgomerie have been lobbying for a resolution for many years and I have been pleased to join them in their efforts by lobbying Network Rail for action.”
“We knew that there may be some flexibility in the Council’s capital programme and therefore asked Officers to look into the, often muted, footbridge project. By doing so we got Officers to start investigating the issue again and they came across the Sustrans funding stream. A bid was subsequently submitted, prior to the budget meeting, and we are hoping that the Council will be successful in securing funds towards a feasibility study. That would allow the issue to be properly investigated and, hopefully, a suitable solution discovered.”
“Should I be elected as the areas next MSP I will continue to campaign on this issue on behalf of the local community.”