Jim McGovern calls for action over Dundee Railway Station

12 January 2012

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, today called on the Secretary of State for Transport to work with the Scottish Executive and the relevant bodies to push ahead Dundee station’s long-awaited improvements.

This comes in the wake of a report launched in November by the Scottish Executive which has recommended a reduction in train services to and from Dundee, and which does not allocate funding to improve the railway station.

Jim McGovern said,

"Dundee’s railway station is in much need of improvement.

"As the city becomes a prime tourist destination, with the waterfront improvement and the opening of the V&A, the first impression our visitors will have must be a good one.

"I fear the current state of the station does not provide that."

"Responsibility for improving Dundee’s railway station lies with the SNP administration, but we have seen no progress on this important matter in nearly 5 years.

"They have repeatedly ignored these requests from me and others throughout their time in office."

"For that reason I have asked the UK government to offer their support to the Scottish Executive, and to work with ScotRail and Network Rail to see what can be done to kick-start this greatly needed improvement to Dundee’s transport infrastructure."

Mr McGovern concluded,

"The Minister offered to raise the matter with Network Rail, and I appreciate her support.

"However responsibility lies with the SNP, and I sincerely hope that as the waterfront and city developments progress the Scottish Executive comes to see that improving our transport infrastructure must follow."

 

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