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North La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive will write to the Scot­tish Govern­ment in the wake of a mas­sive cash boost at Cle­land­train Sta­tion.

Mur­dos­toun coun­cil­lor Louise Roarty ex­pressed her de­light after re­ceiv­ing unan­i­mous sup­port at a meet­ing of the full coun­cil to have NLC’S new supremo Des Mur­ray write to the Scot­tish Govern­ment and Net­work Rail to up­grade train sta­tions which do not cur­rently have ap­pro­pri­ate dis­abled ac­cess.

Coun­cil­lor Roarty re­cently se­cured a new foot­bridge and bet­ter dis­abled ac­cess worth £4 mil­lion for Cle­land Sta­tion, as part of a £9.5 mil­lion up­grade pro­gramme – money which was in dan­ger of be­ing sent back to the trea­sury un­spent.

She said:“i’m de­lighted to have re­ceived the back­ing of the full coun­cil and look for­ward to the chief ex­ec­u­tive writ­ing to Net­work Rail and the Scot­tish Govern­ment to en­sure we do all we can to im­prove dis­abled ac­cess at rail­way sta­tions across North La­nark­shire.

“The im­prove­ment works at Cle­land Sta­tion are wel­comed but it’s im­por­tant to note that the money that was found to progress this would have been sent back to the Uk­trea­sury had it not been used be­fore March 2019.

“It is my hope that the Scot­tish Govern­ment take the lead on this is­sue so that any and all money made avail­able to them is spent on im­prov­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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