Transport chief meets Thornhill station group
Campaigners calling for the re-opening of Thornhill train station met Transport Minister Humza Yousaf on Tuesday.
Melanie Allen of the Thornhill Station Action Group was delighted with how the meeting at the Scottish Parliament went.
She said:“A couple of Wallace Hall Academy pupils and a representative from the Halo Trust came with us to tell the minister about the transport issues we face in Thornhill.
“He commended us on our business case and it was a very encouraging meeting.”
The action group was formed in March in a bid to have the station brought back into use after 50 years.
In June, members of the South West of Scotland Transport Partnership agreed to take the case for the re-opening of local rail stations to the next stage.
Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell, who set up Tuesday’s meeting, said:“The minister was enthusiastic about the plans to re-open the station and gave them assurances that they are going about building their case in exactly the right way.
“I was pleased that he could clearly understand the case for re-opening, in order to deliver an economic boost for a rural area and I hope that the support can be given to the group as they continue to outline the clear business case for the station.”
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine also attended the meeting and she said:“I think the Thornhill Action Group have a really strong case 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.”
South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth also believes there is a“powerful economic and environmental case for the re-opening of the station”.
He said:“Recently Scotrail announced new rail services on the Nith Valley line but these were between Dumfries and Carlisle. The mid and upper Nithsdale part of the line was pretty much forgotten.
“Re-opening Thornhill Station would make the route north of Dumfries more attractive for people commuting into Dumfries for employment and education and also provide a gateway to mid Nithsdale, which could help boost tourism in the area”.
Members of the Thornhill Station Action Group met Transport Minister Humza Yousaf at Holyrood on Tuesday with MSPs Oliver Mundell and Joan McAlpine