Airbles Station closure threat

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TRANSPORT Scotland has released details of a scheme which could see the closure of Airbles Station in Motherwell.

The Scottish Government funded organisation is looking to save £280,000 and has listed 14 Scottish stations on its website for possible closure by 2014.

All the stations listed are less than a mile from another station on the same line, this includes Airbles which is around 0.7 miles from the main Motherwell Station in the town centre.

A consultation document attached to the list of stations reads: “We do not intend to reduce the size of the Scottish rail network, or reduce the number of stations, but we are considering whether it would be possible to reconfigure the network by reviewing the location of stations.”

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) were not told the list was being drawn up and described the scheme as ‘foolish’.

SPT vice-chairman David Fagan said: “At a time when we are trying to encourage more people onto public transport, it seems foolish to be considering the closure of this station.”

Motherwell North councillor Michael Ross, whose ward takes in half the station, promised North Lanarkshire Council would be looking into the matter.

He said: “I am very, very angry about this. To even think about closing Airbles Station would be an absolute disgrace.”

Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland was baffled at the notion of closing a well used station.

He said: “Airbles is well used by commuters and is important for people living in the surrounding area and I really don’t think it would be a good idea to close it.”

Full story in January 5 edition of Motherwell Times