Recently approved plans for a new railway station at Winchburgh look set to take another step forward, with Network Rail saying that there is a ‘strong case’ for the new stop.
And Local councillors and representatives at Westminster and Holyrood, along with West Lothian Council are all backing the case for the village to be given a railway station as part of recently approved plans for a major expansion of the area.
Following the funding for a new station having been secured from the developer, and Network Rail having indicated that there is a strong case for the proposed site of a new station, and local Labour representatives say that the case for a station at Winchburgh is now overwhelming.
But final approval on whether a new station can be developed as part of the Edinburgh – Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) lies with Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government agency responsible for Scotland’s transport infrastructure.
Graeme Morrice MP said: "The major development planned for Winchburgh means that there is an overwhelming case on economic and environmental grounds for the village to have its own rail station. Now that funding for the project is secured, we just need the green light from Transport Scotland to enable this essential development to go ahead.”
Winchburgh's local councillor Alex Davidson said: "There is no doubt that Winchburgh needs a rail station. It has been an objective for the local community for many years, and now that the council has backed these expansion plans I hope the project can get up and running as soon as possible."
The Labour team is asking local residents to contact Transport Scotland and urge it to approve the plans for Winchburgh's station. Letters of support can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Transport Scotland, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF.
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