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November 18, 2009

Scotland’s Railway Stations – A New Train of Thought?

For most of us, a train station is little more than a place to catch a train.  But things are changing. Some communities are taking their local stations to heart and finding ways to breathe new life into them

It’s branded as “Scotland’s Railway” yet most of our railway stations have little or no activity happening at them despite the best efforts of intrepid community groups and local entrepreneurs.

The main stations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness all have a fair amount of activity yet beyond this many function only as points of departure and arrival for our weary rail passengers.

Many of Scotland’s railway stations are listed buildings due to their historical or architectural importance but beyond the station facade, what is the potential for making railway stations more vibrant places to be in?

Forward Scotland has been supporting the efforts of a number of determined community groups to get involved and improve buildings to enhance the experience of the travelling public. Check out the efforts of the groups in Pitlochry, Uddingston and Wemyss Bay for examples of community endeavour.

Forward Scotland would like hear your opinions on Scotland’s Railway Stations. Do you think they are being used to their fullest extent or are they assets going to waste?

Please follow the link to our short survey and tell us what you think. Results will be published in Forward Scotland’s Bulletin in December.