Bright future for Broughty Ferry station

Broughty Ferry railway station under refurbishment pictured on Monday afternoon.

Broughty Ferry railway station under refurbishment pictured on Monday afternoon.

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NETWORK Rail is upgrading the station buildings at Broughty Ferry Railway Station and hope to install a restaurateur in the refurbished premises.

And they are working in partnership with Dundee City Council to improve the Gray Street level crossing.

Network Rail said that the works taking place will benefit Broughty Ferry.

A spokesman told the Guide & Gazette: “We started the site works in November to improve the station building facilities and this includes extending them with a view to business use such as a restaurant.

“We are optimistic that the improvements will deliver a business use.”

The station building at Broughty Ferry is the oldest in Scotland still in use with a history dating back to 1838.

The town’s political representatives have expressed optimism that ongoing upgrading work at Broughty Station will lead to a new use for the station building to complement new and better rail services.

The pedestrian underpass (see below) is presently closed to allow refurbishment work including new lighting work and other improvements.

It is believed that the original wooden signal box which has been deconstructed and stored onsite will be re-incorporated into the facade.

Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie welcomed the work taking place and claimed that it would be a useful development for the burgh.

He commented: “I welcome the investment which Network Rail is putting in to the Broughty Ferry station development and hope that it will attract an operator to begin a new life as a restaurant.

“The station building is starting to look very interesting as the refurbishment proceeds and I am pleased to hear that the original signal box is to be incorporated.

“I think this will make the premises, which date from 1838 and is the oldest station building in Scotland still in use, very attractive as a local business.”

Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East, said: “These are exciting times for Broughty Station. Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw the first of nine new First ScotRail trains which are stopping at Broughty Ferry and there were a considerable number of passengers getting on the train at Broughty.

“I have long campaigned for more trains to stop at Broughty Ferry at reasonable times, in the belief that more people would use them, particularly for short local trips into the city centre and now the message is to encourage people to use these extra services.

“We are hopeful that the working station will attract more passengers to use these additional services and that will help any new restaurant business that opens up in the station.

“There is also to be improved access to the station as a result of the upgrading and additional electronic information signs and increased cycle parking facilities.

“It’s also very encouraging that the old railway building is being renovated to become a restaurant which will help to raise the profile of the station and the rail services on offer as well as the facilities which the new restaurant will offer.”