MSPs back calls for new stations at Grangemouth and Bonnybridge

The former railway station in Grangemouth, virtually derelict in July 1975
The former railway station in Grangemouth, virtually derelict in July 1975

Falkirk’s MSPs have added their support to the campaign to open new railway stations in the district.

The Falkirk Herald revealed last week that a consultant has been hired by Falkirk Council to review options for potential bids to the new Scottish Stations Investment Fund, which is distributed by the Scottish Government.

That news has rekindled hopes that towns such as Grangemouth and Bonnybridge – which currently lack a station despite being located on the rail 
network – could see passenger services return in the future.

Since the story’s publication, dozens of readers have taken to The Falkirk Herald’s Twitter and Facebook pages to add their support for improved rail links in the district.

Many of them said Bonnybridge was the ideal place for locating a new station.

Louise Wood said: “Bonnybridge is in desperate need of a station. A shocking bus service leaves the area cut off from Falkirk and beyond.”

Sabrina Johnston said that a new Grangemouth station could benefit people visiting The Helix and Falkirk Stadium.

This week, Falkirk West and Falkirk East MSPs Michael Matheson and Angus MacDonald confirmed they were in support of stations in Bonnybridge and Grangemouth.

Mr MacDonald said: “I am completely in favour of a railway station in Grangemouth.

“Grangemouth is the largest town in Scotland not to have a railway station, I and other local members of the SNP have been campaigning for this since before 2011.”

Mr Matheson, who previously called in 2009 for a new station to be built in Bonnybridge, said he was still in favour of the project.

The consultant’s report on potential new stations is expected to be presented to Falkirk Council members in October.