Local SNP member Joan McAlpine has congratulated Beattock Station campaigners as their fight to re-open the station moves one step closer.
Beattock Station will move forward along with Thornhill and Eastriggs to the next stage of the process following approval from regional transport body SWESTrans on Friday.
Ms McAlpine has supported the Beattock Station Action Group since 2012, having put their case forward to SWESTrans, as well as the Transport Minister and Abellio.
The MSP also brought the campaign to the attention of Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson.
Commenting, the South Scotland MSP said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Beattock Station will go forward to the next stage in the process of re-opening.
“Like the Campaign for Borders Rail in the late 90s, the Beattock Station Action Group is well organised and enthusiastic.
“They have worked so hard over the years to get to this stage – in particular raising enough cash to help commission an expert pre-appraisal report into improving transport links in the area.”
Beattock Station - which closed in 1972 - sits on the West Coast Mainline on the longest stretch of rail in the UK without a stop. Ms McAlpine said:
“I have no doubt Beattock could once again become an essential stop on the West Coast Main Line. Because of its place in history and literature, it has considerable tourist potential. It would also be an excellent stop off point for walkers keen to explore the beautiful Southern Uplands and the Grey Mare’s Tail.
“This is an exciting step on that journey.”