In April 1967, the Glasgow – East Kilbride Railway Development Association proposed that the demolished railway running over the Calder via Greenhall up to East Kilbride, should be rebuilt at a cost of around £5,000,000.
The proposal came about due to heavier vehicle traffic in East Kilbride, Blantyre and Hamilton and trains were thought to be a viable solution to alleviate the problem. Whilst Blantyre already had the building of Stage 1 of the EK Expressway underway by this time, the proposal offered savings on the building of the Queensway and down to Cathkin.
However, later that year, with costs rising on all major roads projects in the region, it was clear that roads were being underpriced and more realistic financial accounting meant that savings on Queensway were likely going to be unrealistic to ever materialise. The railway proposals were shelved indefinitely.
Can you imagine if this had gone ahead!? Jumping on a train, like in previous decades to go to East Kilbride, high above the Calder!
Pictured in Winter 1984, some 34 years ago are the existing pillars of the former elevated railway to East Kilbride. With thanks to Gordon Cook for sharing this photo some time ago.
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