UK Transport Minister pledges support to Beattock Station Action Group

The group are committed to seeing the Station at Beattock re-opened and last week met the UK Transport Minister Claire Perry.

Speaking after the meeting Marin Brown said: ‘I had a very positive ten minutes with Ms Perry. I was pleased that she listened and she was very enthusiastic about our Cause’

David Mundell, who arranged the meeting, said: ‘When I knew the UK Transport Minister Claire Perry was to be in the area, I thought it would be a good opportunity for her to hear directly from campaign chair Martin Brown the positive case for re-opening Beattock and what help her department could provide in the process. I know Claire was very impressed with the briefing Martin gave her and undertook to make contact with SWESTRANS our local transport agency, to urge them to pro-actively back the Beattock re-opening bid and add to the momentum the campaign already has.

Mr Mundell continued: ‘I also used the opportunity of a meeting with the new chief executive of Abellio, the new operator of the Scotrail Franchise, to highlight the benefits of re opening Beattock station, which they would operate, and to explain how it gives more scope for the operation of Scotrail services between Edinburgh or Glasgow and Carlisle.’