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.”