Breakthrough promises over eagerly awaited improvements to Montrose railway station have been welcomed after a hint the works could be under way within months.
The Angus stop on the east coast main line has become a “pivotal” station following the introduction of new timetables which made it a changing place for cross-country services.
However, the increase in passengers on the platform had led to complaints over outdated facilities at the Victorian station and pressure on rail chiefs for upgrades.
North East region Conservative MSP Liam Kerr had raised the matter with Transport Scotland, ScotRail and the Scottish Government transport secretary Michael Matheson following complaints from travellers around the lack of provision.
Commenting, Liam said:
"Montrose is a great place with centuries of history although the train station is Victorian.
I’m delighted that Transport Scotland have taken notice of that.
I have been in touch with lots of constituents over the months I have pursued these upgrades. I hope they will be as delighted as I am with this promise.
The ball is now in ScotRail’s court to get on with the paperwork and start on improvements. The closer that is the better."