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15/11/17 09:47

Breich Station future secured

Welcome news for station users

Passengers at Breich station will welcome news it is to remain open and could benefit from enhanced services in the future.

Use of the station was reviewed as part of the Scottish Government’s investment into the Shotts Electrification project, with a consultation undertaken by Network Rail on behalf of Transport Scotland to consider its long term viability given low patronage.

The 12-week consultation considered the views of relevant transport stakeholders, the local authority, trade unions plus the local community and their elected representatives.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“The overwhelming response to the consultation was in favour of keeping Breich Station open. Not only that, many respondents wished to see more services calling at Breich Station to increase patronage.

“Having taken on board the strong support for Breich Station, I have made the decision it should remain open. My officials are working with the ScotRail Alliance to see how we can increase calls at Breich to make it a more viable station which encourages greater use of rail.”

Any additional calls at Breich will be included in the May 2019 timetable change following completion of the Shotts electrification project which is expected to reach completion early 2019.