South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has today welcomed the news that Kirkconnel railway station is set to benefit from a £140k face-lift.


The works, which will be undertaken by Network Rail, will focus mainly on the dilapidated bridge over the railway line.  Ms McAlpine met with Keith Thomson of the Network Rail project team to discuss the planned works, following concerns expressed by constituents that the station may be set to close.


However, Network Rail gave assurances that this was not the case, and that the station will not even have to close while the works, due to be completed by November this year, take place.


Commenting, the SNP MSP said:


“This is great news that Kirkconnel is set to get a face lift. The bridge is looking a bit worse for wear and these repairs are just what it needs to restore it to its former glory.


“Given that Kirkconnel was one of the few stations to survive the Beeching closures of the 1960s, I was very worried when I heard rumours from the community that it may be set to close.


“It is great to hear that that is absolutely not the case, and that in fact it is set to benefit from £140k worth of investment.”