Over a million people travel to Dundee since V&A opening

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Over one million people travelled to Dundee since the official opening of the V&A museum in September 2018 – a 14 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

The popularity of the £80million museum has led to a year on year increase in passenger journeys to Dundee, with 1,017,693 journeys to the City of Discovery since it’s opening on 15 September 2018.

As part of the significant investment to regenerate the city’s waterfront, Dundee station had new look facilities installed for customers.

This included a refurbished lounge area with a mix of sofas and chairs, softer lighting, bookshelves and a series of images highlighting local attractions and points of historical interest.

A new Changing Places toilet facility was also recently installed at the station, making it more accessible for customers with complex care needs.

The new station building at street level was constructed by Dundee City Council and includes a ticket office and hotel, as well as new lifts and escalators down to the platform level.

Funding for the improvements at the station was provided by the Scottish Government’s Scottish Stations Fund.

ScotRail Chief Operating Officer Angus Thom said:

“Reaching the milestone figure of more than a million passenger journeys demonstrates the success of the waterfront regeneration project.

“It’s an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with public and private sector partners to deliver wider economic goals.

“This ambitious project has shaped a gateway to the city, and I look forward to continued growth.”

Convener of Dundee City Council's City Development Committee Alan Ross said:

"For many of these passengers their first time in Dundee will be hallmarked by arriving at the new railway station.

"The building itself, the views it offers and the clean, modern welcome it provides to our city sets them up for a first-class visitor experience."

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director Caroline Warburton said:

“V&A Dundee has been a fantastic addition to the city, shining a global spotlight on Dundee and cementing its reputation as a place of design, creativity and heritage.

“I am delighted to hear that the opening of the first design museum in Scotland, and first V&A outside of London, along with a number of other significant developments across the city, has contributed to over a million people travelling to the city by rail in the last year.

“These visitors represent a major benefit to the city. Tourism is more than a holiday experience - it is vital to our economy, reaching every corner of the country, creating jobs and bringing economic and social change.”