Communities Would Benefit From Re-opening Thornhill Station says McAlpine

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine met with campaigners pushing to re-open Thornhill train station.


The station closed in 1965, and the Thornhill Station Action Group think re-opening it boost local employment prospects, stop the ‘brain-drain’ from the town and have a positive impact on the environment.


At the meeting, Ms McAlpine advised the group to put a submission in to the Scottish Government’s consultation on refreshing the National Transport Strategy.


The MSP also promised to include the re-opening of the station in her own submission.


Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:


“I’m absolutely delighted to offer my support to the  community campaign to re-open Thornhill Station.


“At over 28 miles long, the Nith Valley line between Sanquhar and Dumfries is the longest stretch on the route without a station.


“It is clear to me that the communities of the mid Nith Valley and Glencairn would benefit considerably from a train station here.


“It’s always going to be a lot of work, but the good thing is that the platform is still there, which should make things a lot easier if the Council and the local transport partnership do decide to put a bid in to the Scottish Government to help fund the re-opening.”

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