Backing for station bid

Pictured are the elected officials who attended the recent meeting.
Pictured are the elected officials who attended the recent meeting.

A campaign to put Bonnybridge back on the rail network has received unanimous backing from councillors and parliamentarians.

The community group Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway Station held a meeting recently for elected members, as well as MSP Michael Matheson and MPs John McNally and Elaine Smith to update them on the campaign’s progress and form a united front on the matter.

The end result was a general agreement on progressing the campaign to the next stage, a Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) report on the scheme’s feasibility.

Bryan Deakin, Reinstate Bonnybridge Railway co-chairman, said: “We were happy to see so many representatives come together to move forward with this project. It has been a long time since we had a train station in our village.”

Councillor Brian McCabe praised the group’s presentation which he said made a sound case for a new station.

He said: “The comments made following the presentation suggested a desire from all elected members in attendance to move forward and to take the matter to the next level.

“A budget figure of £80,000 to fund the STAG report was suggested. This would come from the economic development budget of Falkirk Council.

“If this proposal is put forward, I will certainly add my support to it.

“There was an expressed desire from all, to move things on, hopefully this will now happen.”