Following her meeting with transport minister Derek Mackay and South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine, Aileen Campbell MSP received an assurance from Transport Scotland officials that they are happy to work with communities looking to improve rail links. Campbell raised the concerns of constituents looking for new or reopened stations and to reintroduce the Lanark-Edinburgh rail link. Officials were happy to provide more information regarding the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) which is used to assess proposals for rail infrastructure improvements. Campbell also used the meeting to receive an update on the Lamington Viaduct, which remains shut due to flood damage and is scheduled to reopen in early March.
Commenting Ms Campbell said:
“It’s right that people in Clydesdale feed into some of the big picture decisions being taken on Scotland’s rail network. It can be quite daunting trying to figure out who best to speak to if you are wanting a station reopened or a rail link reinstated. That’s why I’ve asked Transport Scotland to ensure they help communities and campaign groups look into these proposals.
“As the local MSP I’ve been keen to press the operators for improvements to current services but we should also be thinking long-term as to what service Clydesdale will need going forward. We know that demand is at record levels so it is right to give proper consideration for new stations and rail links.”