What do Alloa and Larkhall have in common?
The answer I’m looking for is not they are medium-sized towns that are rejuvenating after losing their lifeblood industries.
Nor is it that they are well-known for harbouring large numbers of fans of a certain Glasgow football club.
What links them is shiny new railway stations. In the past ten years each has rejoined the network, and their residents can now ditch the bus, leave the car at home and head straight for the city.
Huge amounts of cash is currently being spent – quite rightly – in rebuilding a rail link to the Borders, so the fine people of Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Galashiels can expect to enjoy a similar service in a couple of years.
Which makes me wonder why this privilege is still being denied to Grangemouth residents. A well-maintained railway already runs right into the heart of the town – yet there’s no station.
There was until 1968 but it was closed for no apparent reason. Unlike other station closures of the time, the railway remains.
If there was a station, people could hop on a train and arrive at Falkirk Grahamston in less than five minutes and at Glasgow Queen Street in under an hour.
There would be fewer cars on the roads as employees at Ineos and the busy port could choose to take the train to work.
So why on earth do Falkirk Council and the Scottish Government seem to shrug their shoulders whenever this issue is raised?
It’s high time that Grangemouth had a railway station of its own.
Please write in if you agree with me.