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Proposal to boost trains

15-04-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. LARBERT Railway Station. Passengers boarding trains to illustrate busy stations.

15-04-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. LARBERT Railway Station. Passengers boarding trains to illustrate busy stations.

 

Planned signalling improvements to Carnoustie station could result in more southbound trains stopping at the town for commuters.

On Tuesday during discussions between Angus South MSP Graeme Dey and Network Rail on the future of the Station Road level crossing and the historic signal box, the transport provider revealed proposals to carry out signalling changes which would allow for an extra trains to stop daily.

Network Rail also pledged to engage fully with Carnoustie Community Council over their proposal to demolish the signal box and replace the gravity directed barriers with modern ones by 2016.

These, along with the crossing at Barry West would be operated remotely from Dundee via radar.

Mr Dey continued: “I asked to meet with Network Rail on the issue because of concerns over safety, if the crossing was not to be controlled locally, and disappointment at the possibility of the historic signal box being lost to the town.

“Network Rail are confident that the new barrier arrangement would actually be safer and more practical compared to the existing arrangement where in instances of high winds, the barriers have either had to be lowered and the crossing shut or require to be roped and pulled

down manually.

“They have though agreed to consider whether in installing the new barriers it might be possible to retain at least the majority of the signal box.”

He continued: “That’s not their preferred option as things stand but Network Rail have agreed to re-look at that and consider whether the signal box might then be made available to the community or a community group for alternative usage.”

 

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