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TRAIN passengers are in line for a massive boost with six new railway stations planned in the west of Scotland.
Transport chiefs want to spend £20million on stations in Glasgow at Parkhead, Jordanhill and Millerston.
And sites for three other stations are proposed for Lanarkshire's former Ravenscraig steelworks site, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire and Heathfield between Prestwick and Ayr.
Today officials at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport were expected to get the go-ahead to carry out detailed assessments of the six potential sites.
And although the new stations could still be several years away, passengers and residents in the areas earmarked were delighted at the news.
Leanne McGill, 28, a call centre worker from Shettleston, gave the Parkhead station a big thumbs-up.
She said: "I think that would be really good for the area and make it easier to get about."
Grant Thomson, 20, a plasterer from Craigend, welcomed the Millerston proposal.
He said: "A train station would be great. I just stay along the road from the site and it would be handy for getting into town."
In the west end, Clare Carruthers, 39, a part-time administrator was delighted with the prospect of a new station at Jordanhill.
She said: "I think another station here would be quite good for the area. There are a lot of students and schoolchildren who would use it. If you are running for the train at the moment you have to cross a busy road, so I would use it."
The Parkhead station was suggested earlier this year as a key component to Glasgow's bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, would help breathe new life into the east end.
It would be built near the new National Indoor Arena, which it was announced yesterday is also to be the home of sportscotland, and would also be handy for Celtic Park and the Forge shopping centre.
The two other city stations are near areas where housing developments are planned.
The Jordanhill site lies next to the sprawling Strathclyde University campus which is to be sold to developers. It would also serve Scotstoun Leisure Centre.
The third at Millerston is near the sites of several proposed residential schemes.
They include an area which has been bought up for 261 private family homes in Robroyston, as reported in last week's Evening Times.
City council chiefs today pledged to work with the SPT.
And a spokeswoman said: "Increasing accessibility to rail links for areas poorly served by public transport is an important element of Glasgow's regeneration."
SPT chief executive Ron Culley said: "A number of land issues require to be investigated.
"Work will, therefore, need to commence as soon as possible to piece together a land package to enable any development to proceed."
WHAT THE TRAIN USERS THINK
LEANNE McGILL, Parkhead:
I think it will be really good and make it easier to get about. There's not a lot of transport here and it will be handy for shopping
GRANT THOMSON, Millerston:
A train station would be great here. I just stay along the road from the site and it would be handy for getting into town.
CLAIRE CARRUTHERS, Jordanhill:
I think another station here would be quite good for the area. There are a lot of students and schoolchildren who would use it.

Publication date 19/05/06