Communities would benefit from re-opening station says McAlpine

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MSP Joan McAlpine met with campaigners pushing to re-open Thornhill station.

The station closed in 1965, and the Thornhill Station Action Group think re-opening it boost local employment prospects, stop the ‘brain-drain’ from the town and have a positive impact on the environment.

At the meeting, Ms McAlpine advised the group to put a submission in to the Scottish Government’s consultation on refreshing the National Transport Strategy.

The MSP also promised to include the re-opening of the station in her own submission.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to offer my support to the community campaign to re-open Thornhill Station.

“At over 28 miles long, the Nith Valley line between Sanquhar and Dumfries is the longest stretch on the route without a station.

“It is clear to me that the communities of the mid Nith Valley and Glencairn would benefit considerably from a train station here.

“It’s always going to be a lot of work, but the good thing is that the platform is still there, which should make things a lot easier if the Council and the local transport partnership do decide to put a bid in to the Scottish Government to help fund the re-opening.”

Picture shows L-R: Christopher Craig, Joan McAlpine, Laurie Blair, Melanie Allen, John Holroyd.


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